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D.A.R.
12-27-2008, 9:27 PM
GEORGIA TOWN TO CELEBRATE MANDATORY FIREARMS
By WILLIAM E. SCHMIDT, SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: April 11, 1987
Mr. Bennett has been invited to the rally Saturday as an honored guest. ''What happened to Don Bennett sounds like something straight out of Communist Russia,'' said Mr. Stephenson. Compliance Believed High

No one knows with any precision how many Kennesaw residents keep guns, although Mr. Stephenson, whose job as an exterminator has taken him inside most homes here, believes that compliance may be as high as 95 percent.

David Grabow, who owns Woods 'n' Water, a local sporting goods and gun store, says he can attribute only a handful of his gun sales to people who said they were buying firearms to comply with the law.

''You got to remember first of all that this is the South, and most folks probably owned guns anyways,'' said Mr. Grabow. ''People down South like to hunt, and they like guns.''

The suburban sprawl from Atlanta is only now beginning to spill into Kennesaw, where the population was below 5,000 in 1980.

But while the change has brought real estate offices and fast food restaurants to the community, it seems so far to have done little to dilute the community's essential Southern accent.

Portraits of the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson stil hang in the City Council chambers, and Mr. Stephenson describes the city's political tenor as ''rock solid conservative.'' 'TO MAINTAIN A FIREARM' Text of Kennesaw, Ga., ordinance

(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 belief or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.Mr. Bennett has been invited to the rally Saturday as an honored guest. ''What happened to Don Bennett sounds like something straight out of Communist Russia,'' said Mr. Stephenson. Compliance Believed High

No one knows with any precision how many Kennesaw residents keep guns, although Mr. Stephenson, whose job as an exterminator has taken him inside most homes here, believes that compliance may be as high as 95 percent.

David Grabow, who owns Woods 'n' Water, a local sporting goods and gun store, says he can attribute only a handful of his gun sales to people who said they were buying firearms to comply with the law.

''You got to remember first of all that this is the South, and most folks probably owned guns anyways,'' said Mr. Grabow. ''People down South like to hunt, and they like guns.''

The suburban sprawl from Atlanta is only now beginning to spill into Kennesaw, where the population was below 5,000 in 1980.

But while the change has brought real estate offices and fast food restaurants to the community, it seems so far to have done little to dilute the community's essential Southern accent.

Portraits of the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson stil hang in the City Council chambers, and Mr. Stephenson describes the city's political tenor as ''rock solid conservative.'' 'TO MAINTAIN A FIREARM' Text of Kennesaw, Ga., ordinance

(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 belief or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.

N6ATF
12-27-2008, 10:04 PM
Needs some editing of the redundant bits and some stuff seems missing.

rivviepop
12-28-2008, 9:20 AM
Kennesaw is famous, here are some better articles:

25 years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'
Crime rate plummeted after law required firearms for residents
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55288

Southern U.S. town proud of its mandatory gun law
http://www.reuters.com/article/inDepthNews/idUSN1719257620070418?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

MrTuffPaws
12-28-2008, 4:51 PM
Government forcing people to exercise rights is almost as bad as government restriction of rights.

Meplat
12-28-2008, 5:31 PM
Give it a rest Paws. They have exemptions for conscientious objectors.:rolleyes:



Government forcing people to exercise rights is almost as bad as government restriction of rights.

Ironchef
12-28-2008, 5:36 PM
Town population? Propensity for crime before and after mandatory gun ownership?

I agree, "requiring" gun ownership doesn't seem lawful or something any government should be doing. Having an enormous amount of gun culture throughout the town, supported by the government (perhaps without taxes), would be cool though. I'd dig that here.

Requiring people to own guns is also dangerous..imagine requiring everyone to own a car when they know they can't possibly drive confidently or safely! lol

Meplat
12-28-2008, 5:58 PM
It's not about a right, but a duty. You have a right to carry an ax, and shovel in the trunk of your car. And in some areas of the west, travelers are at times required to do so. Not to verify the right but so they are equipped to help fight wildfires if needed. A lot of fire codes are not to save your own property but protect the property of your neighbors.

Exceptions are made in the Kennisaw law for the, physically and mentally infirm, those with moral objection, and those without the financial means. It's basically the duty that swung the founders in favor of the 2nd that is being affirmed here.:rolleyes:



Town population? Propensity for crime before and after mandatory gun ownership?

I agree, "requiring" gun ownership doesn't seem lawful or something any government should be doing. Having an enormous amount of gun culture throughout the town, supported by the government (perhaps without taxes), would be cool though. I'd dig that here.

Requiring people to own guns is also dangerous..imagine requiring everyone to own a car when they know they can't possibly drive confidently or safely! lol

JDay
12-28-2008, 6:15 PM
Government forcing people to exercise rights is almost as bad as government restriction of rights.

This law is more symbolic than anything, notice the exemption clauses.

AJAX22
12-29-2008, 6:12 AM
Government forcing people to exercise rights is almost as bad as government restriction of rights.

That law has no teeth... you are exempted from following it if you don't feel like obaying it...

It is essentially an announcement to the criminal community "Do NOT F with US, we will strait SHOOT your punk ***... and since we ALL have guns and ALL feel that shooting criminals is a good thing... your chance of getting a chicago jury to convict us in criminal or civil court in this town are essentially zero"

Codelphious
12-29-2008, 9:46 PM
That law has no teeth... you are exempted from following it if you don't feel like obaying it...

It is essentially an announcement to the criminal community "Do NOT F with US, we will strait SHOOT your punk ***... and since we ALL have guns and ALL feel that shooting criminals is a good thing... your chance of getting a chicago jury to convict us in criminal or civil court in this town are essentially zero"

Sounds like my kind of town. :thumbsup:

N6ATF
12-30-2008, 1:09 AM
"You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

-Harry Callahan