Nucla, Colorado residents required to own firearms -- but only if they want to

NUCLA, Colo. - The residents of Nucla, Colo. are now required to own firearms, but only if they want to participate.

The Nucla Town Board last week passed a new ordinance requiring that residents own firearms, but it has exceptions for heads of households who don't want to participate or who cannot legally possess a gun.

According to the Montrose Daily Press, Nucla's ordinance passed by a 5-1 vote.

It was inspired by the Family Protection Ordinance passed by the town of Nelson, Ga. The Nelson city council acknowledged that they were largely seeking to make a point about gun rights. The Georgia town's ordinance contains no penalties and exempts anyone who objects, convicted felons and those with certain mental and physical disabilities.

Nucla is the first municipality in the state to require residents to own firearms, according to the newspaper. Census data from 2011 shows that 710 people lived in Nucla.