GCO has sued two City of Columbus police officers who arrested a member at McDonald’s in Columbus. The member was openly carrying while eating with his wife and children. The officers detained the member and asked for the member’s license. When the member declined to have his meal interrupted, the officers arrested the member for obstruction, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. All charges were dismissed without a trial. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia may be viewed here.
GeorgiaCarry.Org is Georgia's No-compromise
Voice For Gun Owners.
The Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights doesn't just apply in certain locations or to special people favored by the government. The right of the people to keep and bear arms applies everywhere and to all of us without qualification. "Shall not be infringed" means SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
Prior to July 1, 2008, the State of Georgia had many restrictions on where and how a law abiding citizen could carry a firearm. Coupled with a law so vaguely and poorly written that determining where one could legally carry was extremely difficult, many citizens never bothered to obtain a Georgia Firearm License to exercise their rights.
GeorgiaCarry.Org was incorporated on February 9, 2007 and from the beginning, we have fought against the powerful interests who seek to burden the exercise of our second amendment rights. Our first action was to sue Georgia's Probate Judges to force them to follow the law. We sued them to force them to issue license within a certain time frame as opposed to issuing them when they so desired. We also took them to court to remove their requirement of applicants to supply their Social Security numbers and employment information in order to obtain a license. Next, we took on Cities and Counties to force them to repeal their local gun bans, in violation of Georgia's Preemption Law (OCGA 16-11-173).
Working with Georgia State Senator John Douglas (R17) and State Rep. Tim Bearden (R68) in 2008, we began the process of expanding the number of places Firearms Licensees can carry, including restaurants that serve alcohol, public transit and parks. GCO filed an Amicus Brief in the Heller v. DC court case documenting the racist origins and intent of gun control.
In 2009, working with Senator Mitch Seabaugh, we took yet another step in restoring our 2A rights. In 2010, SB308, Senator Seabaugh's "Common Sense" gun bill was passed in the General Assembly and signed into law on June 6, 2010 by Governor Sonny Perdue. The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get a license by removing the life time prohibitions for misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions.
Much more needs to be done and GeorgiaCarry.Org will not stop until our nation's forefather's promise of "shall not be infringed" is achieved. If you share our belief that the Second Amendment doesn't have an asterisk, then join us in the fight for our Liberty.
GCO has filed a motion to intervene in the Brady Campaign’s lawsuit against the City of Nelson that challenges Nelson’s ordinance requiring heads of households to maintain firearms. In support of its motion, GCO has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The documents may be viewed here.
GCO and McIntosh Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Kabler have each filed motions for summary judgment in GCO’s lawsuit against Kabler. The case arose out of Kabler’s traffic stop of a GCO member whom Kabler had seen at a convenience store wearing a handgun. Kabler stopped the member for the sole purpose of checking to see if the member had a GWL. The member, a Florida resident, had a Florida license, which Georgia recognizes. Documents in the case may be viewed here.
GCO has filed a lawsuit against the City of Carrollton, challenging city ordinances that ban carrying guns on the Greenbelt Trail and at parades. The complaint may be viewed here.
Please contact the members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee today and Monday to voice your support. Use telephone, email, and facsimile. Â They need your encouragement.
Chairman – Powell, AlanVice Chairman – Taylor, Darlene K.Secretary – Atwood, AlexMembers
Please also attend a hearing on this bill on Monday, March 4, at 3:00 pm in Room 415 CLOB – (Coverdell Legislative Office Building – 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA, 30334)
CLOB is across the street from the Capitol on the SouthWest side of the Capitol Building.Â Mitchel Street SW changes to Capitol Square SW when it crosses Washington Street SW.
Thanks in advance for your efforts getting this bill moved forward.
Your encouragement is desperately needed. Â While GCO does not usually comment on the efforts of other groups, an organization calling itself “Georgia Gun Owners” is spreading lies and misinformation about HB 512 in its postings on Facebook and in mass emails that it sends both to members and thousands of people who are not its members but somehow wound up on its mailing list. Â These postings and emails have resulted in a flood of predictably negative attacks from people who read the email, but did not read the bill.
“Georgia Gun Owners” claims that the bill was introduced “in the dead of night,” that it is “secret,” that it would lead to mental health screenings for all gun owners, that it imposes new fees on firearms license applications, that it requires you to “give up your medical privacy,” and that “poison pills” are waiting in the wings, such as “mandatory training.”
Apparently, “Georgia Gun Owners” derived all of this without reading a bill, since they claim it is “secret.”
Georgia Gun Owners is asking people to oppose the entire bill based on its misunderstanding of a provision relating to checks for involuntary hospitalizations. Â The truth is that current law includes voluntary hospitalizations as well as involuntary, and HB 512 is narrowing the scope of that provision down to involuntary hospitalizations only.
Here are the facts, straight from John Monroe, Vice President of GeorgiaCarry.Org.
The fee of $3 is in current law and is not changed by HB 512.
Want more information about HB 512? See Ed Stone’s Atlanta Gun Rights Examiner article on the bill. Â Click on the link here.
(1) Contact the members of the committee above today and Monday to encourage them. Â Use telephone, email, and fax.
(2) Please attend Monday’s hearing, if possible. Â 3:00 in room 415 CLOB.
Whether you can or cannot attend, please contact each member of the committee listed above to express your support for HB 512.
After weeks of work, state Rep. Rick Jasperse has introduced HB 512, the Safe Carry Act of 2013. The bill is designed to enhance the safety of all Georgians through the safe carrying of firearms by responsible citizens. Among other things, the bill would reduce the number of off-limits places, eliminate the need for fingerprints for renewals of GWLs, expand state preemption of local regulations to include all weapons, and recognize the safe record of GWL holders by adding them to the list of those exempt from several firearms laws. GCO strongly supports this bill and encourages its members to tell their representatives that they would like to see the bill passed into law.Â The actual bill can be found here.
An amendment to remove a reference to firearms from Carroll Countyâs disaster and emergency ordinance was passed by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday without discussion.
The decision to change the ordinance was made to avoid conflicting with Second Amendment issues raised by a Georgia gun rights organization.
The action eliminates the word âfirearmsâ from a list of items whose sales could be suspended in case of a local disaster declared by the county commission chairman. The wording was questioned in a Jan. 18 letter, hand-delivered to commission Chairman Marty Smith, by James Camp of Temple, representing GeorgiaCarry.org.
In recommending the amendment, County Attorney Cynthia Daley said the ordinance was drafted 11 years ago from a model provided by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.
As originally worded, the ordinance says that in times of local disasters or emergencies the commission chairman could âsuspend the sale, distribution, dispensing or transportation of firearms, alcoholic beverages, explosives and combustible products and can close businesses which sell them.â
âMy recommendation is that we remove it (the word âfirearmsâ),â Daley said. âI canât think of any incidence where it would be used.â
Camp was in attendance at the meeting, but did not speak.
The vote was 6-0 in favor of the amendment, with District 1 Commissioner Trent North absent.
GeorgiaCarry.org has filed legal court cases against similar ordinances in other locations and has been successful in many cases of getting the laws removed, according to the organizationâs website. The group has also asked the city of Carrollton to remove firearms as one of the prohibited items from the GreenBelt trail, but the city hasnât yet acted on the request. The February city council meeting, which would have been held Monday, was canceled.
This is from an article in the Times-Georgian.com by Winston Jones 02/01/13
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners plans to amend its current disaster ordinance to avoid conflicting with Second Amendment issues raised by a Georgia gun rights organization.
The proposed ordinance eliminates the word âfirearmsâ from a list of items whose sales could be suspended in case of a local disaster declared by the county commission chairman. The wording was questioned in a Jan. 18 letter hand delivered to commission Chairman Marty Smith by James Camp, of Temple, representing GeorgiaCarry.org.
The proposed ordinance was presented to the BOC at its Wednesday work session. It will likely be brought up for vote at Tuesdayâs 6 p.m. regular monthly meeting.
Radio Ads for GCO will begin appearing on the Herman Cain Program on Monday 01/28/13 and will run through 04/15/13 depending on the response we receive.Â These ads are 15 second ads and will be heard between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.