One of the blogs I read, Deltoid, came out with this tidbit today, about my neigboring town, Kennesaw, Georgia. It discusses the relationship between gun ownership and burglaries, and it mentions that Kennesaw passed an ordinance in 1981 that required all heads of household to own a firearm and supply it with ammunition. It was amended in 1983 to exempt conscientious objectors, people who can’t afford a firearm, felons, and the firearm-forbidden disabled.
This ordinace is filed under the Civil Emergencies Chapter.
I wonder what the firearm-owning-household to non-firearm-owning-household ratio is right now in Kennesaw.
Full Text of the Ordinance:
ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL
Sec. 34-1. Heads of households to maintain firearms.
(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefor.
(b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.
(Code 1986, § 4-3-10)
Sec. 34-2. Use of firearms.
No person shall fire a gun, pistol or other firearm in the city, except in the defense of person or property, and except peace officers or military forces of this state or the United States, in the discharge of official duties.
(Code 1986, § 11-1-4)
Secs. 34-3–34-25. Reserved.