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Brady Campaign sues Ga town over mandatory gun law


An group supporting gun control is taking aim at a small Georgia town's new law requiring homeowners to have a gun.

The Washington D.C.-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Nelson claiming the town's law is unconstitutional.

The Nelson City Council unanimously passed the ordinance in April requiring every head of household to have a gun and ammunition.

"Most of the people I have seen seem to like the ordinance…They seem to like the idea," said City Councilmember Jackie Jarrett.

The federal lawsuit originated with a Nelson resident who told FOX 5 that he will let the legal process run its course.

The Brady Center said, "In the lawsuit we seek to establish the government does not have the authority to compel Americans to buy guns or bring them into their homes. Forcing residents to buy guns they do not want or need does not the city of Nelson or its people any safer and only serves to increase gun sales and gun industry profits."

Jarrett said that the law is not enforced and no one will be prosecuted for not owning a gun.

"Technically, if you don't want one to have one, you don't have to have one. So in fact, it's just a statement," said Jarrett.

Some residents said they believe the lawsuit is meant to stop other communities from passing similar laws.

"Ball Ground is going to go next. If they do it, Jasper and Tate will and it will just be a spreading effect and I think that is what they are afraid of," said Lawrence Cooper.

One of the attorneys filing this federal lawsuit told FOX 5's George Franco that it will be at least a month before everyone involved gets the legal paperwork. He would not put a timeline on when this case will actually go to court.

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