Constitutional Law

Gun ownership is the law in town now facing a lawsuit over the requirement

As debate intensifies nationally around gun-control measures, a small town north of Atlanta faces opposition to an ordinance that requires the head of every household to possess a gun and ammunition.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a federal lawsuit last week against Nelson, Ga., claiming the law, which says violators could be fined up to $1,000, is unconstitutional on multiple accounts, CNN reports. The ordinance exempts people who “suffer from a physical or mental disability,” felons, “paupers” or people who “conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine,” according to the report.

Nelson’s law was modeled on a similar law in nearby Kennesaw, Ga., which according to CNN, has been on the books since 1982.

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