Just when you think that the gun-rights crowd can’t get any crazier, you get a situation like the one in Nucla, Colorado. Nucla, a small town of about 700 individuals, recently passed a town ordinance requiring all citizens to own a firearm.
It passed with only one vote opposed.
The lone vote against the ordinance was by Bill Long, a family man and owner of multiple guns himself. His view on the “Family Protection Order” was that it was an unnecessary law and he didn’t support passing unnecessary laws.
While mandatory gun-ownership seems strange to us today, there is a historical precedence for it. In 1792, the Militia Act required all males ages 18-45 to own a musket and all the accessories and parts needed to service it. In 1982, the city of Kennesaw, Georgia passed an ordinance that required all houses to own guns and ammunition.
Colorado has become one of the focal points of gun rights, with several strict laws that were initially passed following the Sandy Hook. These laws have since lost popularity with the majority of the people in the state and two Democratic state senators have been repealed successfully over it.
The ordinance in Nucla is the first municipal ordinance that requires heads of households to own guns and ammunition, to better “provide for and protect the safety, security, and general welfare of the town and its inhabitants.”