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Georgia town’s mandatory gun ownership law is just ‘symbolic’

Nelson City Council member Duane Cronic seconds the motion for a vote on the "Family Protection Ordinance," which mandates gun ownership for all heads-of-household. (Johnny Clark/Associated Press)

In another illustration of just how divisive gun control rhetoric has become, a small town in northern Georgia passed a measure yesterday requiring every household to have a gun and ammunition — despite the fact that the town has virtually no crime and no plans to enforce the law.

The five council members of Nelson, Ga., population 913, voted unanimously on the ordinance, WXIA reports. Councilman Jackie Jarrett told the Associated Press that most people in town already own guns and the ordinance was intended mostly as a “statement” on gun rights.