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Utah Town Requires Household Guns

November 5, 2000

VIRGIN, Utah (AP) _ This tiny southern Utah town has enacted an ordinance requiring a gun and ammunition in every home for residents’ self-defense.

Most of Virgin’s 350 residents already own firearms so the initiative has lots of support, Mayor Jay Lee said.

Residents had expressed fear that their Second Amendment right to bear arms was under fire so the town council modeled a similar measure passed by a Georgia city about 12 years ago.

The mentally ill, convicted felons, conscientious objectors and people who cannot afford to own a gun are exempt.

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