Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:22:08 GMT
When times are tough, small businesses usually take the hardest hit but when things start looking up, they're often the quickest to recover. That's exactly what the Albany Chamber of Commerce says they'veMore >>
The Albany Chamber of Commerce is using a series of Lunch and Learns during National Small Business Appreciation week to make it easier for small businesses to bounce back, by encouraging all to participate and gather the right tools.More >>
A South Georgia girl is asking the community for help to provide scholarships for college-bound young women. In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Leesburg for theMore >>
In February, Madison Daughtry was named the Distinguish Young Woman of Leesburg for the Class of 2014.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:16 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:16:35 GMT
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find a missing pregnant woman. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months. DianeMore >>
The Tift County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for clues to find Crystal Hendrix. Her mother is making a plea to find her daughter who hasn't been seen in more than two months.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
City leaders in a small north Georgia town are considering an ordinance that would make it mandatory for each household to have a gun.
Nelson, a town near Atlanta is getting a lot of attention for a proposed ordinance that the city council is considering. It would require residents to own a gun and an Albany attorney believes that could become more common.
"This may be something that may become a trend, with budget cuts and police officers not being on the streets. I think anytime you talk about guns and firearms, I think the number one rule should be that whoever carries the gun, handles it responsibly," said attorney Joe Godfrey.
With only one police officer on patrol eight hours out of each day, some city leaders want to make sure residents are able to protect themselves. One other Georgia city made headlines more than 30 years ago with a similar law. I believe if you'll look at Kennesaw, which I believe passed a law in 1982 in reference to fire arms, I believe their crime rate has dramatically decreased over the years because of it," said Frank Herndon a sales person at Backwood Outdoors in Lee County.
While it may cut down on crime and provide protection, the question remains should it be mandatory? "It's their right to carry a gun, if they want to or they don't want to. Not everybody knows how to handle guns, so it could be a benefit or it could be a hazard," said Lee County resident Anna Conley.
The residents believe that no one should be forced to own a gun. "That's a point of a life that you don't want to do. I don't see a lot of folks having to take that chance, to have to kill someone their self, when you have people that are trained and can get paid to do it," said Mitchell County resident Douglas Buckner.
They say its simple; the right to bear arms should be a choice not law. The proposal has several exceptions. People who can't legally own guns or are not physically or mentally able to handle a gun or those that have a religious objection would be exempt.
The city council in Nelson could take a vote on the ordinance as early as April 1st.