Town in Utah Requires Owning Guns

ByABC News
November 5, 2000, 4:58 PM

S AL T   L A K E   C I T Y, Utah, Nov. 5 -- 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 theres 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 hasnt addressed guns on any basis,said Kim DeMille, of Utahs Safe to Learn, Safe to WorshipCoalition, which is fighting to keep guns out of schools andchurches. I dont know why they would think their SecondAmendment rights are being taken away.

Virgin residents who dont 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.