While imposing restrictions on guns may be a popular move these days, some small towns in America are instead embracing the idea of more guns.
Nelson, Ga., is a town of about 1,300. It has one police officer on the city payroll. Other than that, however, security is up to the town's individual citizens. To that end, the town of Nelson is currently considering a law that would require each household to keep a firearm in their home.
Leaders told Channel 2's John Bachman the reason they need the law is because the city straddles Cherokee county to the south and Pickens County to the north.
That, they said, can lead to slower response times.
One police officer patrols Nelson, Georgia for eight hours during the day. That leaves 16 hours overnight when the city is basically unguarded.
"When he's not here we rely on county sheriffs--however it takes a while for them to get here," said Nelson City Councilman Duane Cronic.
That's why Cronic proposed the ordinance.
"Every head of household will own and maintain a firearm," he said.
Bill McNiff lives in Nelson, carries a pistol and supports the law.
"I think every city should do it. I think it should go countywide too," McNiff said.
The Nelson ordinance is modeled closely after the 1982 law passed in Kennesaw.
It requires gun ownership, but allows several outs, like if you're not physically or mentally able to handle a gun, or if you're a felon or have religious objections.
"It's a deterrent ordinance," Cronic said. "It tells the potential intruder you better think twice."