I heard on the news that there a couple of cities in the U.S. that require the resident to own a firearm to live there (maybe have to carry), but can't remember what cities they were. Do any of you know? I am trying to find those cities crimes statistics. Thanks!!!
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June 24, 2006, 03:51 AM
Hey man, first, I'll let you know, this is a bit of a weird connection. My maternal grandfather taught school in Antioch for many years, my mom grew up there.
But his brothers all live (a few of them are dead,) in Virgin, UT, (Yes, it is a real place,) and they do have a mandatory ownership law. If you mapquest it, it's on the UT/AZ border, it's high desert, on the road into Zion National Park from the west. To give you some perpective, this was a town so small, I couldn't chase any of the girls there, because we were all related. This town has no police or court of its own, (the county sheriff drives through every once in a while,) so there is no way to enforce this law. There is also fine print within the law allowing anyone to 'conscientiosly object' to it. In the next town down the road, La Verkin, a few years ago, they passed a law banning the U.N. from conducting any activity of any kind within city limits. (The attorney general immediately advised them its language was too exclusionary, and likely a First Amendment issue that would not stand up in court.) I know all of the men who wrote and passed all of these laws.
As far as crime, criminal mischief went way down after me and my friends grew up and left, but I did hear on the news a couple of years ago, there was actually a homicide, it was a domestic violence case. Now obviously, a homicide can happen anywhere. But when it's one in a town of about 300 people, it looks really bad. The saving grace is that that it's the only one in at least 50 years. (In the news story, they were not names I recognized, I suspect they weren't permanent citizens. I suspect they were people who reside in a 'mobile' type of housing. I know if I get specific, I'll offend someone, but you get the idea.) People get shot at over water rights every once in a while, but I never heard of anyone getting killed.
The other town I heard of with a mandatory ownership law is Kennesaw GA, but I have no specifics about the law or the area.
June 24, 2006, 09:16 AM
There is one on the outskirts of Atlanta Ga., but the name eludes me at the moment, perhaps another member can enlighten us. I remembered it and I see other members have listed it as Kennesaw, Ga. They wrote the law as a response to a law written in a town - I believe it was Morton Grove, I think in Illinois, that outlawed the possession of guns in the town, even in your home. I spent some time in Kennesaw and remember one morning when I saw the proprieter of a Surplus Store get out of his car wearing two 1911's and carrying a Thompson Sub Machine Gun.
June 24, 2006, 09:19 AM
Kennesaw, GA. But the mandatory gun ownership is only symbolic and has never been enforced. The crime level in Kennesaw is the same as it is in any other small Georgia town.
The government has no more business requiring that I own a gun than the have banning me from owning one.