Ga. city spars with national gun control group

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — A tiny Georgia city and a national gun control group are facing off in a legal battle over a law requiring gun ownership.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in May filed a federal lawsuit against Nelson, a city of 1,300 residents north of Atlanta. The gun control advocates are challenging the constitutionality of the law and trying to discourage copycat measures.

The City Council adopted the Family Protection Ordinance on April 1. It requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition but exempts convicted felons, the disabled and anyone who objects to gun ownership.

City officials have said they never intended to enforce the ordinance.

Both sides are gathering documents and making procedural court filings. The city's lawyer says he hopes to reach a settlement.

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