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Town Misfires Trying to Force Everyone to Own a Gun


Earlier this year the city council of Nelson, Georgia unanimously voted to approve the Family Protection Ordinance, legislation which attempted to require that all heads of households possess a weapon and ammunition. However, the curious ordinance quickly came under fire from a federal lawsuit filed by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which directly challenged the law’s constitutionality.

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The federal lawsuit was finally settled this week; as part of the resolution the small municipality was forced to publicly admit that mandatory gun ownership could never actually be enacted, and that the ordinance will never be enforced. The Brady Center successfully argued that the law violated an individual’s constitutional right to freely choose to not own a weapon.

In a recent press release Jonathan Lowy, the Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center, offered his insight into the resolution of this legal case:

“The Constitution protects not just the right to bear arms, but the right not to bear arms. The Brady Center brought this lawsuit to establish that the Constitution protects the rights of gun owners and non-gun owners alike, and all of us must be respectful of each other’s rights. We are pleased that as a result of our lawsuit the City of Nelson has recognized that the Second Amendment protects the rights of the hundreds of millions of Americans who believe that the best way to keep themselves and their families safe is by keeping guns out of their homes.”



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