With  momentum growing at the federal level in the United States to introduce modest gun control measures like background checks for potential purchasers at gun shows and reduced access to military-style assault rifles and large magazines, I read the other day in the local daily, a handful of communities in states like Idaho, Georgia and Maine are working to pass local ordinances that would make gun ownership mandatory for their citizens.

Experts doubt the legality of such a law — although there would be exemptions which would perhaps help it pass constitutional muster. Here’s one example:

The proposal contains several exemptions for people who object to owning firearms because of personal beliefs, religious reasons or mental disability. In a statement, Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan Bishop said convicted felons would also be exempted.

If you read the article, you’ll also learn about the law that South Dakota just passed permitting teachers and other school staff to carry guns in school.