Unconstitutional gun law results in silly solution

info@islandpacket.comAugust 28, 2013 

I don't know how many of you were aware that on April 1, the city of Nelson, Ga., passed the "Family Protection Ordinance," which required heads of households to own a gun and ammunition.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

Under threat of this court challenge, the city has now agreed to add language to the ordinance saying the "law is not enforceable, that it will not be enforced, and that anyone who violates it will not be subject to any penalty."

This is a clear demonstration of city leaders wasting their time trying to mandate a clearly unconstitutional requirement and willing, after the fact, to readily admit that their effort was ridiculous.

Gun rights advocates always want to think that anything opponents want to do to curb gun violence is unconstitutional. The Nelson, Ga., effort clearly demonstrates that gun advocates can be painted with the same brush and actually look far more stupid when they propose a solution to get around the unconstitutionality of their law. What's the value of the revised law?

Michael F. Vezeau

Sun City Hilton Head

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