Farragut man proposes 'mandatory' gun ownership

9:51 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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It all started as an editorial in a local newspaper.

"It is an ordinance that everyone is in compliance with, whether they participate in owning a firearm or not," said Farragut resident Bill Johns.

He recently wrote about making residents in the west Knox County town required to own a handgun. It mirrors a similar rule, recently passed in Nelson, GA. More than 30 years ago, the rule passed in Kennesaw, GA.

"If you look here in East Tennessee, and the town of Farragut -- the vast majority of residents here are gun owners. They elected their representatives based on the conservative, pro-Constitution, 2nd Amendment beliefs," Johns added.

The man stressed that his proposal would be only symbolic -- meaning no enforcement would take place. He also said having this requirement would help generate increased property values and bring in more business.

At least one Farragut alderman is in support of Johns' idea.

"It makes a statement about the town of Farragut. And for a town that does not have a police force, it's a very positive and useful thing," said Bob Markli, a town alderman.

However, not everyone is in agreement with the proposal.

"I think it should be your choice. This is America. We have our freedoms. It should be our right to choose if we want to carry, we want to shoot, we want to own one," said Farragut resident Vickie Hossu.

Johns stands by his decision and hopes more people will agree with his idea.

"It was my hope that there would be discussion, a debate or conversation about it. I had no idea it would be this much interest," Johns said.

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