Due to the significant national and international attention to my recent guest column in my local paper - The farragutpress (Editor, Dan Barile) - about the Kennesaw, GA "Gun Law", I have created this informational website (www.KennesawGunLaw.com) about the topic and its recent interest. Simply put, I am very suprised and overwhelmed by the interest this topic has generated at this time. --- BILL JOHNS, MBA, MPA
1. www.KennesawGunLaw.com ™
As stated above, this is an informational website and it is a work in progress that will evolve over time. It was created to serve the interests of public administrators, policy makers, conservatives, 2nd Amendment organizations, economic developers, marketers, and students. It also was created to meet the demand of the unexpected and significant interest in the Kennesaw "Gun Law", my recent Guest Column in the farragutpress , and my background.
This law was enacted in 1982. The ordniance was provided to me by Lt. Craig Graydon of the Kennsaw Police Department. He would serve as your contact for more information:CGraydon@kennesaw-ga.gov
Sec. 34-21. - Heads of households to maintain firearms.
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.
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.
4). Farragut Press, Guest Column, 4/18/13
The Guest Column was about the identification of a benchmark ordinance (not my ordinance) that in my opinion, my community should consider in adopting for various benefits. Unlike most guest columns in our local paper, this one gained immediate support by some of our elected representatives while also creating a backlash by others. Being timely, newsworthy, and supportive by some, the Guest Column gained significant interest locally, nationally, and abroad. Here is a farragutpress follow-up story as well.
5). Who is Bill Johns?
Please see my public bio on page 2 of this website, but basically I am a subject matter expert in public and business administration, economic development, branding, supply chain management, technology, and entrepreneurship. I am also a frequent contributor to local and national media on police, military, intelligence, 2nd Amendment, supply chain, and technology subjects.
5). The Value Proposition (Benefits / Business Case)
Benefits for such an ordinance or like ordinance have a very strong return on investment, especially since such an ordinance would not be enforced and only costs the paper it is written on. These benefits are:
Increased Property Values: an ordinance would give a small bump to property values just like have good schools, access to prime tourism destinations, affluent retail development, and great quality of life (weather, infrastructure, entertainment). ***For Example: a property valued at $100,000 with a property tax rate of 1% ($1,000) enacting an ordinance could receive a bump of 2%, thus now making the value of the property at $102,000. Both the property owner just increased their equity by $2,000 while the county gaining $200 more in revenue to spend on schools, infrastructure, and/or law-enforcement.
Brand Differentiation: a community now can differentiate and value itself in a competitive real estate and economic development market
Low Crime: a community can maintain and/or prevent future crime by getting the word out of their ordinance. This sometimes is referred to as behavior modification, social engineering, psyops, etc. in the law-enforcement community.
Economic Development: with companies such as MagPul, Beretta, PTR, Colt, etc. fleeing anti-2nd Amendment states, this ordinance would help support in recruiting them.