Monday 25 September 2017

US city in 'must own guns' battle

The tiny city of Nelson, Georgia, which has passed an ordinance requiring gun ownership (AP)
The tiny city of Nelson, Georgia, which has passed an ordinance requiring gun ownership (AP)

A tiny US city and a national gun control group are facing off in a legal battle over a law requiring gun ownership.

The Brady Centre to Prevent Gun Violence filed a federal lawsuit against Nelson, a city of 1,300 residents north of Atlanta, Georgia.

The gun control advocates are challenging the constitutionality of the law and trying to discourage copycat measures.

The Nelson city council adopted the Family Protection Ordinance on April 1. It requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition but exempts convicted felons, the disabled and anyone who objects to gun ownership.

City officials have said they never intended to enforce the ordinance.

Both sides are gathering documents and making procedural court filings. The city's lawyer says he hopes to reach a settlement.

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