S AL T L A K E C I T Y, Utah, Nov. 5, 2000 -- A tiny southern Utah town has passed an
ordinance that requires every household to own a gun and ammunition
so residents can protect themselves against aggressors.
Jay Lee, the mayor of Virgin, a town just north ofthe Arizona border, told KSL-TV that most of the 350residents already own firearms so there’s lots of support for theinitiative.
The town council passed the ordinance after residents expressedfear that their Second Amendment right to bear arms was under fire.
The move has some Utah residents perplexed.
“The state legislature hasn’t addressed guns on any basis,”said Kim DeMille, of Utah’s Safe to Learn, Safe to WorshipCoalition, which is fighting to keep guns out of schools andchurches. “I don’t know why they would think their SecondAmendment rights are being taken away.”
Virgin residents who don’t comply will not be punished, themayor said. Also, exceptions will be made for the mentally ill,convicted felons, conscientious objectors and people who cannotafford to own a gun.
Town leaders say they got the idea from a city in Georgia thatpassed a similar law about 12 years ago.