GCO has filed comments in the ATF proposal to ban popular M855 (“green tip” 5.56) ammunition. The comments can 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 The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get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.
We want to thank all members who contacted the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee about HB186. After some late night negotiations Representative Ed Setzler and others made the necessary changes to HB186 that allows GeorgiaCarry.Org to support HB186. HB186 has now been assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Subcommittee “A”, chaired by Representative Rick Jasperse. We will keep you informed of any future movements and/or changes should any be added to the bill as well as the date and time of the next hearing. When that hearing is held, that will be the time for anyone to speak for or against the bill. If the bill is recommended do pass by the Subcommittee, you cannot be assured that anyone will be allowed to speak for or against the bill in the full committee hearing.
Chairman Alan Powell requested we tell all our members thank you for reminding them that second amendment advocacy groups are alive and well. He was very pleased to receive your kind emails reminding him of your passionate belief in the second amendment. Many of you responded and did so in true GCO form and impressed the members of the committee.
We want to make sure you know and understand that Representatives Ed Setzler, (R-35), Micah Gravely, (R-67) and Emory Dunahoo, (R-30), the bill sponsors and most of the members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee are true second amendment supporters and meant no harm to the second amendment by offering this bill. All these men are passionate second amendment supporters that can be counted on to support your rights to keep and bear arms.
One of the things that we know about this bill was that it was taken from last year’s HB826. Much of it was copied and the reason for both bills (HB826 and HB186) was/is to put common sense into the zero tolerance policy and allow schools more leeway when a student is found to accidentally be in possession of a knife longer than 2″ or other “now defined weapon” and not force the schools to call law enforcement and have the student arrested on a felony charge. Everyone believes that to be wrong and the elimination of zero tolerance per se is a valid and noble undertaking.
However, when one copies anything there are many things that can go amiss. One such example is that of HB186 in its original form. What was originally in this bill was also in HB826 but did not receive any attention because in the exemptions a valid GWL holder was exempted and did not put undue burden on the lawful firearm carrier. With that provision removed, it became a criminal action to everyone with or without a valid GWL and therefore had to be stopped. This is where the members of GCO came into the picture and did a fine job of accomplishing that task.
For those who contacted their representatives, now would be a good time to follow up with a thank you note for listening to our objections and not allowing our right to keep and bear arms to be further infringed.
Again, thank each of you for contacting your representatives and helping get this bill turned around.
We need all members and friends who are pro gun to contact members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee NOW!
GeorgiaCarry.Org strongly opposes HB186!!! HB186 (here) – Crimes and offenses; carrying weapons within certain school safety zones and at school functions; change provisions
HB186 is sponsored by Representative Ed Seltzer, (R-35) and cosigned by Representative Micah Gravely, (R-67) and Representative Emory Dunahoo, (R30).
This bill does several things that contribute to gun control legislation and will strip your right to carry on campus.
As you are aware, HB826 last year decriminalized campus carry and was signed into law one day prior to HB60. The Governor and General Assembly believe that signing the bills in that order means that HB60 overrode the school carry provision allowed in HB826. That would be true if the bills were in conflict and the bills were irreconcilable. GCO not only believes these bills were not in conflict, but have been told so by judges that they are not in conflict.
We filed lawsuits in several counties that were dismissed because school boards have sovereign immunity and cannot be sued. The only judge to comment on the real issue of our case (Fulton County) agreed with us on the merits but dismissed the case on the sovereign immunity issue. Ruling is here – page 11 of 14, Balancing the Equities. We have been told that our lawsuit should be aimed at the General Assembly Code Revision Committee for not properly allowing the campus carry portion to be put in the Official Code of GA Annotated. We have filed suit against the Governor and the Code Revision Committee for that very reason.
And, HB186 would also criminalizes carrying in a private passenger motor vehicle carrying school children to or from school activities by a school employee. That not only means a teacher driving a student to an extra curricular (mock trial competition, band event, forensics or even athletics — though those usually involve buses), it means any school employee driving his or her child/children to school.
The committee members and office phone numbers.
Mack Jackson Member (404) 656-0314Rick Jasperse Member (404) 656-0188
Please contact the members listed above immediately!
GCO has filed a lawsuit against the City of Roswell for conducting metal detector searches of everyone who enters the police department and prohibiting people from carrying weapons not prohibited by state law (i.e., pocket knives and certain firearms). The complaint, which seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, may be found here.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ordered oral argument for GCO’s appeal of the denial of a preliminary injunction in its case against the Corps of Engineers for March 19, 2015. The argument will be in Courtroom 339, 56 Forsyth Street in Atlanta. Arguments begin at 9 a.m. and are open to the public. GCO’s case is second on the docket.
GCO has filed a lawsuit against the Code Revision Commission, its members, and the Governor for their failure to implement, publish, and give effect to the bulk of House Bill 826, which decriminalized carrying firearms in “school safety zones” for GWL holders. The suit seeks a writ of mandamus against the Code Revision Commission and its members, requiring them to publish in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated the complete enactment of the General Assembly in HB 826. It also seeks a declaration against the governor that it is not a crime for a GWL holder to carry a firearm within a school safety zone. A copy of the complaint may be found here.
We are pleased to announce our featured speaker for GeorgiaCarry.Org’s 7th Annual Convention is Kenn Blanchard, Author of Black Man With a Gun and the blog with the same name.
For those not familiar with Kenn, here is his bio.
Reverend Kenn Blanchard is internationally known as the Black Man With A Gun. He is an author, and gun rights activist with a background in counter-terrorism, and police instruction. He is a former US Marine trained by Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He speaks Brazilian, Portuguese and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
He served as one of the first African American members of the Director of CIA protective staff and firearms instructors.
He has served as a columnist for New Voices Newspaper of Durham, North Carolina; as a Director and Chaplain of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He is the recipient of the NRA’s Carter-Harlon award for Civil Rights. He is currently on the training committee for the NRA.
With two decades of gun rights activism, Blanchard has been involved in almost every pro-rights event that involved a person of color. He has done commercials for TV against racist gun laws and been featured in four documentaries. He has been speaking professionally since 1992. He has provided voice-overs for pro-gun commercials in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore.
In 2014, he has spoken with Donald Trump in Albany, NY, as a media expert in Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix, AZ for AZCDL.org.
He produces a weekly pro-gun variety show online called the Black Man With A Gun Show, now in its sixth year.
He is a trusted influencer in the gun community and communicates regularly with many of the top people he has known since 1991. He is sought after speaker and sage in the gun community. He has several blogs and is the publisher of blanchardmediagroup.com. Here are 3 of his articles: How the CIA Agent Became a Pastor – Close Up and Personal with the Daniel Defense DDM4V9 – Thinking About Concealed Carry
GeorgiaCarry.Org will once again be furnishing lunch for our Lifetime Members with Kenn. Kenn is looking forward to having lunch and a lively discussion with the Life Members on Saturday. Kenn will also be signing and selling his books, “Black Man With a Gun” at the vendor show on Saturday. We are very honored to have a man with such an impressive resume.
Check back soon, more itinerary details will be available shortly.
Florida Carry has filed an amicus curiae brief in support of GCO’s appeal to the 11th Circuit against the Corps of Engineers. The brief may be found here.
The State Court of Clayton County has issued a directed verdict of acquittal in a case where a GWL holder was charged with carrying a gun to a gun show. The state charged Jeff Leising with carrying in an unauthorized location, criminal trespass, and reckless conduct based on allegations that Leising, a GWL holder, carried a loaded gun while at a Gun Runners show at the state Farmers Market in Forest Park. After the state rested in the jury trial on the case, Lesing moved for a directed verdict on all counts. After discussion with counsel, the judge agreed that under the evidence introduced, Leising could not be convicted. Included in the court’s ruling were a couple noteworthy findings, including 1) a GWL holder can carry in a government building, even if there is security screening, unless he is notified he fails to clear security and fails to leave.; and 2) private entities leasing public property have no power to ban GWL holders from carrying firearms on the property. A transcript of the directed verdict portion of the trial may be found here.