Town backs off on mandatory gun ownership

NELSON, Ga. — A Georgia city is backing off its ordinance requiring gun ownership.

The tiny town of Nelson in April passed an ordinance requiring heads of household to own a gun and ammunition. That prompted the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to file a federal lawsuit in May challenging the constitutionality of the law.

The two sides on Thursday notified the court that they had reached a settlement agreement.

The settlement says Nelson will add a provision to the ordinance saying that it is not enforceable and will never be enforced.

City leaders had said they didn’t intend to enforce the law and it included a number of broad exemptions. But the Brady Center argued in its lawsuit that it violated residents’ constitutional rights.

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