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Communities nationwide, the latest in western Maine in a town of 140 people, are considering passing measures that would require gun ownership even though these ordinances are widely considered unenforceable. However, the town of Byron already has the support of all three members of the Board of Selectmen and the Head Selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds believes that the residents will approve it at Monday’s town meeting. From Idaho to Georgia, communities have been considering the idea to require or recommend their residents to arm themselves ever since the Sandy Hook Shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14 as well as caused fear among gun owners about possible restrictions on their Second Amendment rights. The ordinance up for a vote in Maine, according to Huff Post, asks “Shall the town of Byron vote to require all households to have firearms and ammunition to protect the citizens?” As Maine’s Attorney General Janet Mills explains that the ordinance even if accept by the town will be null and void as it is pre-empted by a 2011 law that bars municipalities from adopting firearms regulations. Unfortunately, the same situation has already happened in southwestern Maine in Sabattus where a similar ordinance was not taken to a vote on the advice of the police chief. The idea though has caught on in Nelson, a city southwest of Atlanta and home to 1,300 people, where supporters of a gun ownership proposal say that because of light police patrols the city is unprotected for most the day. According to Huff Post, the proposal does have several exemptions for people who object to owning a weapon including convicted felons as Mayor Pro Tem Jonathon Bishop has stated. The rule has actually passed unanimously on its first read and awaits a final vote April 1. Some communities do not go as far as requiring gun ownership, but instead recommend the idea of owning a firearms as has been done in Spring City, Utah, Virgin, Utah, and Cherry Tree, Pa. In Greenleaf, Idaho, a town of 900 people the ordinance adopted ion 2006 encourages residents to keep a gun at home and seek training on how to use firearms. In Maine, Simmons-Edmunds in Byron has said that 90 percent of the households in the town already own a gun and that if passed the ordinance would not result in door to door checks the ordinance is more a statement that the town will not give up its guns.