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Mandatory Gun Ownership Laws Pending In Some American Towns

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Mandatory gun ownership laws are pending in a handful of American towns. Even though government leaders in the towns pushing for the gun law largely consider the mandate unenforceable, they are still going forward with proposals.

The tiny town of Byron, Maine is the latest municipality to propose a mandatory gun ownership law. In Byron, the population of approximately 140 residents take an up or down on all municipal resolutions. The New England town is led by a Board of Selectmen, similar to a town council. All three Selectmen support the gun rights proposal.

The Byron ordinance is reportedly an attempt to block new gun control laws or a semi-automatic weapons ban. Maine Attorney General Janet Mills noted the law would be pre-empted by a 2011 state law which prohibits municipalities from approving gun regulations.

Sabattus, a town in the southwestern region of Maine recently considered a similar gun rights law, but the police chief advised against passage. Sabbattus, like a multiple towns from Idaho to Georgia, are proposing recommended or mandatory gun ownership laws in an effort to decrease crime and preempt any type of gun ban by the federal government.

Two Atlanta area towns have also passed or are considering similar pro-Second Amendment mandatory gun ownership laws. Both suburbs were reportedly concerned about crime flowing out of the metropolitan area and landing on their doorsteps.

Nelson,Georgia citizens noted their support for gun rights and armed citizens due to “light” police patrols that do not protect residents throughout the entire day. Nelson has a population of approximately 1,300 residents. The law would exempt felons and folks who object to owning a firearm for religious reasons or personal beliefs. The first reading of the gun law passed unanimously on its first reading. A final vote will be held on April 1.

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The Atlanta area city of Kennesaw passed a similar law in 1982. The city with a population of approximately 30,000 wanted to send an anti-crime message to folks who may wander into their town from Atlanta. Police Lt. Craig Graydon said the gun ownership law worked and crime has stayed low. The Georgia law enforcement officer acknowledges that the ordinance is unenforceable and stated he has never attempted to do so.

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A recommended gun ownership law in two Utah and one Pennsylvania also passed earlier this year. A town in southwestern Idaho passed a law that encourages all citizens who do not object to gun ownership seek weapons training.

What do you think about the mandatory gun ownership laws?

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11 Responses to “Mandatory Gun Ownership Laws Pending In Some American Towns”

  1. Victoria Larsen

    Excellent Idea! I had heard of Kennesaw before and really thought that it was a good idea then. Thought more towns should have this law on the books.

  2. Anonymous

    This is what it should be for all LEGAL U.S. Citizens that do NOT have a criminal record. To protect yourself from Tyrannic governments trying to dismantle the constitution.

  3. Paul Ieronimo

    Should be a requirement no matter where you live in the USA as long as you don't have a mental disorder or criminal record.

  4. Paul Ieronimo

    Should be a requirement no matter where you live in the USA as long as you don't have a mental disorder or criminal record.

  5. Bert Belt

    Keep the guns, buy more if needed, because the step after the gun registration is gun confiscation. I swear this is true.
    Stop messing with law abiding citizens and do your job and enforce the laws that are already on the books. Our Country is changing, Our rights are slipping away bit by bit everyday, wake up America, seriously stop and think about how much our Country has changed. They are stripping away our rights right in front of us because they know no one is paying attention or they think we just don't care. Look back to the way America used to be and then look how far down we've come. I wasn't raised in a America like this and I'm certainly afraid for my children and grand children. If this country doesn't return to God we are in serious trouble and it's already happening,. Watch the weather, the wars, and the financial situation we're in and all the evil that happens everyday. Never seen anything like it in my time of growing up, but my generation was warned, and now we're about to face some Godly judgements for sitting back and letting these kind of people run our government and our schools. Pray for our leaders because I believe they're blind to what's going on and what harm they're causing our country and our people. They either know what they are doing or they are blind. I'm not hating anyone, I just people would wake up before its too late and America pays a heavy price for sin and snubbing their nose at God. It doesn't take a preacher to see the signs and warnings God has gfiven us time after time. Please America wake up, if not for yourself, then do it for your children and grandchildren. Sorry, I could write and talk about God and America and the great people of this country all day, It's just that I love My Country and I love my people and my heart is broken to see what's going on every minute of everyday. Stay strong have Faith and try to change a life everyday, do something good for yourself and your family and friends, but most of all don't forget God because he's never forgotten about you!
    God Bless,
    Albert Belt
    Beverly, WV

  6. Kenneth Higby

    As the 2Nd ammendment says we have the right to keep and bear arms without infringement. We are a land of law and order not crime and chaos. Our freedoms are being taken one at a time slowing and surely. This is the last one that has not been watered down. We the people need to keep it pure and without restrictions. Or else someday we will find ourselves at the mercy of crime and corruption without law and order. Ken

  7. Kenneth Higby

    As the 2Nd ammendment says we have the right to keep and bear arms without infringement. We are a land of law and order not crime and chaos. Our freedoms are being taken one at a time slowing and surely. This is the last one that has not been watered down. We the people need to keep it pure and without restrictions. Or else someday we will find ourselves at the mercy of crime and corruption without law and order. Ken