City of Nelson faces legal challenge over gun ordinance - CBS46 News

City of Nelson faces legal challenge over gun ordinance

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A gun safety group in Washington, DC, has challenged the ordinance in Nelson, GA, that requires residents there to own firearms.

The ordinance was passed by the city council and went into effect in April. City Councilman Jackie Jarrett said it's more symbolic than anything else, because they don't enforce it. He said they mainly passed the ordinance to show support for gun owners.

"If we were going in like the Gestapo, into people's houses and checking them for weapons, then that would be unconstitutional," said Jarrett.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, DC, filed the motion in U.S. District Court on behalf of Nelson resident Harold Lamar Kellett, who said in the complaint that he does not wish to be forced to own a gun.

The lawsuit seeks to file a permanent injunction against the ordinance.

"As long as the majority of people in Nelson is happy with it, I don't see no reason to change," said Jarrett.

Kellett could not be reached for comment.

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