Residents of Nelson, Ga., have a new law on the books: required gun ownership for every household to keep crime down.
The measure will largely be symbolic (no penalties for households who choose not to purchase a firearm), and intended to be a stand for Second Amendment rights, Reuters reports:
It serves as an expression of support for gun rights and sends a message to would-be criminals, (Councilman Duane) Cronic said.
The measure was passed amid the debate over gun laws in the United States following the December shooting rampage in which a gunman killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school.
The Nelson ordinance exempts convicted felons, residents with physical and mental disabilities and those who do not believe in owning firearms, Cronic said.