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Georgia town OK’s measure to require gun ownership

Won’t be enforced but is meant to send a message

NELSON, Ga. — Backers of a newly adopted ordinance requiring gun ownership in a small north Georgia town acknowledge that they were largely seeking to make a point about gun rights.

The ordinance in the city of Nelson — population 1,300 — was approved Monday night and goes into effect in 10 days. However, it contains no penalties and exempts anyone who objects, convicted felons, and those with certain mental and physical disabilities.

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