In one U.S. city, owning a gun is actually the law

Kennesaw Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where "every head of the household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm." (CNN via CNN Newsource)

KENNESAW, Ga. (WKRC) - One U.S. city has a law where owning a gun is actually a requirement.

Kennesaw Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where "every head of the household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm," CNN's Omar Jimenez reports.

Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling asks the question, "If you're going to commit a crime in Kennesaw and you're the criminal. Are you going to take a chance that that homeowner is a law abiding citizen?"

"It gives me the ability to protect myself as opposed to being somewhere where you weren't allowed to have a firearm or it was frowned upon," Kennesaw resident Wayne Arnold said.

The law was passed in 1982, but isn't actually enforced.

"It was also more or less a political statement because the city of Morton Grove, Illinois passed a city ordinance banning handguns from their city limits," Lieutenant Craig Graydon said."

The law remains on the books, however, and Kennesaw has only had one murder in the last six years.

"The first thing that most people say when they meet us, you know as a community is 'oh it's not what I expected,'" Mayor Easterling said.


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