Kennesaw, Georgia….. Where Everyone Is Armed, BY LAW.
[TWG This morning I received a comment from “Crashaxe” regarding the gun laws of Kennesaw, GA. Apparently, in 1982 the good folks in Kennesaw passed a law making it mandatory for heads of households to own and maintain firearms and ammunition, with a few exceptions (felons, conscientious objectors, mental patients, etc.) and, according to some statistics, the crime rate has, of course, been reduced by OVER 50%. Such laws need to be passed in each and every State of this Nation. Crashaxe, you made my day! I had no idea this law existed there. Hat-Tip to you, Crashaxe. Thank you very much.]
Last updated: September 25, 2010 9:32 am
Kennesaw, where everyone is armed by law
By Anna Fifield, Photographs by Bryan Meltz
Dent ‘Wildman’ Myers, packing twin semi-automatic pistols
Kennesaw, Georgia, is Everytown, USA: a mixture of old wooden bungalows and cookie-cutter subdivisions, of seventh-generation locals and Mexican immigrants. Its quaint, cobbled historic centre is lush, with low-hanging trees and chirping cicadas. The civil war museum tells the history of the local Confederate fight against the Yankees. At the suburban malls on a humid Saturday afternoon locals vie to park their SUVs as close as possible to the Target and Best Buy outlets, and queue for tables at Chuck E. Cheese’s and Applebee’s.
But this city, half an hour’s drive north of Atlanta, is unique: it is the only place in America where it is compulsory to own a gun. In 1982, Kennesaw City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring households to own at least one firearm with ammunition. The law states that its purpose is to “protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants”. Kennesaw’s ordinance was a heartfelt assertion of second amendment gun rights, a principled and legislative rebuttal to a law passed earlier that year in Morton Grove, Illinois, banning guns within the city limits.
“It was official, but we were protesting as much as anything,” recalls Fred Bentley, a lawyer, who was already 56 when he wrote the ordinance. Looking every part the southern charmer in a grey suit and spotless white shirt topped with a gingham bow tie, Bentley keeps a loaded .38 revolver by his bed and two double-barrel shotguns from his hunting days. Otherwise his guns are decorative – a Brown Bess revolutionary-era musket stands by the door of his office.
Kennesaw residents were outraged not only by Morton Grove’s assault on the second amendment of the Constitution – which gives all Americans the right to bear arms – but also by “the slobbering way that the press portrayed the law as taking a stand against ‘evil’ handguns,” says Robert Jones, the president of the Kennesaw Historical Society and the owner of a .357 Magnum handgun. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged Kennesaw’s law as unconstitutional, but the federal court let it stand, although the city did add a clause exempting conscientious objectors, criminals, the mentally disabled and people who could not afford a gun……(Con’t)