You often hear that things are just different in the South, and occasionally something comes along to confirm it. Of course, even if you're from the South, "The Family Protection Act" may sound a little strange, and perhaps a little alarming. The law is being floated by officials in the city of Nelson, Georgia. If passed by residents through a vote on April 1, all citizens will be required to maintain a firearm.
The law reads, "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..."
It's important to add that citizens who do not own a gun will face no penalties, and convicted felons, people with disabilities, or others that oppose gun ownership will be all-together exempt. The idea is that the city will become less attractive to criminals. Though, that seems to imply a current problem, but Nelson enjoys a relatively low number of violent crimes, with most problems being in the realm of petty theft. Could this be the beginning of a strange new national trend in small towns?
What could possibly go wrong?