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Nelson City Council votes to require firearms for heads of households

PICKENS COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Nelson City Council voted unanimously to pass a mandatory firearms ordinance Monday night.

Despite not having a murder in more than five years, Nelson's only cop still likes having the new firearms law.

Chief Heath Mitchell told CBS Atlanta News it's not the residents that he's concerned about. He said the bulk of the city's crime comes from outsiders.

"They're going to think twice before they come into Nelson and cause harm or break and entering, commit a theft, any type of criminal activity. I know I would if I was a bad guy, "said Mitchell.

The Family Protection Ordinance requires heads of households to have a firearm and ammunition.

But there are exceptions for people with a physical or mental disability, those who oppose guns for religious reasons and convicted felons.

"If anything should happen that they would need to use a firearm, [now] they are backed up by their government, their city government," said Councilwoman Edith Portillo.

Resident Charles Jones told CBS Atlanta News that he does not like the new law and that he left his guns behind before moving to Nelson.

"I figured I would be stupid to dive into a trouble area. Therefore I don't need a weapon," said Jones.

It takes 10 days for the ordinance to become law. City leaders told CBS Atlanta News once the law goes into effect, they don't plan on going door to door to make sure people have guns.

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