City With Only One Police Officer Passes Law Requiring Gun Ownership

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | April 2, 2013 | 12:01 PM EDT

Nelson, Georgia, a city with 1,300 residents and only one police officer, has passed a law requiring the head of each household to own a gun. Nelson's police chief, Heath Mitchell, says it will help his understaffed department.

"We're budgeted for a few more officers, but right now we just have one and I'm pretty much doing it all right now," Mitchell said. 

But, when a city council member first approached him about passing a law that would require people to have a gun in their home, he was skeptical until he spoke with a police chief in Kennesaw, Georgia - which passed a similar law 30 years ago.

"I worried at first. I had my doubts. And after speaking with him a couple of hours and going over some stats, I was all for it," said Mitchell. 

The chief believes a mandatory gun law will be a deterrent to crime and protect citizens from being prosecuted should they resort to using one to defend themselves or their property.

The chief says the plan is to post signs at the city limit so bad guys will know to pass right on by the City of Nelson.

"We're probably going to go ahead and post the ordinance, you know: 'Firearms Required in the City of Nelson,'" Mitchell said.

h/t My Fox Atlanta

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