Gun control group sues U.S. town over mandatory ownership law
Town says gun ownership law isn't being enforced
A gun control support group is suing a north Georgia town that has a law requiring gun ownership.
The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the town of Nelson.
The group claims the law is unconstitutional. It contends the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution doesn't require anyone to have a gun.
City leaders passed the ordinance April 1 requiring every head of household to have a gun and ammunition. But there are many exceptions.
The law exempts anyone who opposes gun ownership or has certain disabilities, and city leaders say there's no penalty. They also say the law isn't being enforced.
The city manager says town leaders aren't aware of the lawsuit.
The town of 1,300 people is about 80 kilometres north of Atlanta.