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  • The Kennesaw Gun Law – Has it Reduced the Crime Rate?

    Written on November 5, 2013

    Every citizen of the United States of America has their “right to bear arms” protected by the 2nd Amendment. But did you know that in Kennesaw, Georgia, it’s the law to bear arms?  Since May 1, 1982 it’s been the law in Kennesaw that every homeowner in the city must own a gun.

    The ordinance states:

    Sec. 34-21. Heads of households to maintain firearms.

    a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.


    b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability, which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony (


    Obviously, when this law was originally passed, the opposition argued that this would simply put a lot of guns on the street, with everyone running around shooting each other and grudges would be settled as if it were the old west. The opposition clearly focused on the negatives and ignored the real reasons that this law was put into place. The Kennesaw Gun Law was not created to create violence, it was created to defend against violence, but only when absolutely necessary. In fact, Section 34-22 in the Kennesaw Code of Ordinances clearly states, “No person shall fire a gun, pistol or other firearm in the city, except in the defense of a person or property, and except peace officers or military forces of this state or the United States, in the discharge of official duties.”

    The results of the passing of this law were actually very positive, with statistics showing that after the law was passed, the “burglary rate in Kennesaw declined and even today, the City has the lowest crime rate in Cobb County” (

    Just looking at crime data since 1999, Kennesaw only had four murders through 2011 (most recent data) (  Prior to the passing of the Kennesaw Gun Law, Kennesaw’s crime rate was actually higher than the national average (4,332 per 100,000, with national average being 3,899 per 100,000). But according to statistics in 2005, the rate had dropped to 2,027 per 100,00 all while the population exploded form 5,242 to 28,189 (!

    This would seem to answer the question whether the enactment of the Kennesaw Gun Law actually helped reduce the crime rate by making it mandatory that citizens have a gun in their homes.  Contrary to what some people expected, this law has been a great safety measure for the city and the people of Kennesaw for the past 30 years.


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