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Friday August 28th, 2015 3:19PM

Georgia city backs off on mandatory gun ownership

By The Associated Press
NELSON, Ga. (AP) A Georgia city is backing off its ordinance requiring gun ownership.

The tiny town of Nelson in April passed an ordinance requiring heads of household to own a gun and ammunition. That prompted the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to file a federal lawsuit in May challenging the constitutionality of the law.

The two sides on Thursday notified the court that they had reached a settlement agreement.

The settlement says Nelson will add a provision to the ordinance saying that the ordinance is not enforceable and will never be enforced.

City leaders had said when they passed the ordinance that they didn't intend to enforce it and, it included a number of broad exemptions. But the Brady Center argued in its lawsuit that it violated residents' constitutional rights.
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