NELSON - A north Georgia town is considering passing an ordinance to make gun ownership mandatory.
Leaders of Nelson - a city of just over 1,300 about 50 miles north of downtown Atlanta - say with one police officer on patrol eight hours a day, city residents are left virtually unprotected for 16 hours per day.
Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic says relying on sheriffs from Cherokee and Pickens counties could mean a longer wait time in an emergency.
The proposed ordinance is similar to a law that passed in Kennesaw in 1982. Some residents support the proposal while others say it's a demonstration of big government overstepping its boundaries.
City leaders could make a decision on the ordinance at their next council meeting on April 1.