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Voice For Gun Owners.

GCO Believes...

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 The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get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.

Latest Information:

GCO To participate in “Ride for Officer Jordan” Fundraiser

July 28th, 2014

The Griffin Police Department contacted GCO on August 19 requesting our participation in a fundraiser for Officer Kevin Jordan’s family.  Officer Jordan left a wife and 7 children.  You will remember he is the officer who was shot to death in the parking lot of a Waffle House last month.  His brother came up at the same time and shot the perpetrator.  His brother is a GWL holder and the police department feels it would be good for GCO to set up a booth and discuss our mission with the citizens.  The officer who contacted us stated that the public needs to know how important it is for law-abiding citizens to be armed.  As this incident shows, the brother saved the police department a lot of time and kept an armed perpetrator from having to be chased down and possibly putting more innocent citizens in harms way.

This is a great time for GeorgiaCarry.Org to step up and show our true colors.  This is yet another time we have been approached by a law enforcement agency asking for our help.  It would really be good for the GCO GunRunners to participate in this ride.  Details can also be found on FB page – “Ride for Officer Jordan” if you are logged into FaceBook.

We will need volunteers to man our table at this event.  Anyone interested please contact GCO Recruiting Coordinator, Bruce Greenfield @ gco.recruiting@gmail.com.

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GCO Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Corps Case

June 14th, 2014

GCO has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in its case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In the motion, GCO seeks to have the Corps enjoined from enforcing the ban on carrying on Corps property pending the outcome of the case. The brief in support of the motion and other documents may be viewed here.

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GCO Sues Corps of Engineers Over Right to Carry On Corps Property

June 13th, 2014

GCO filed a lawsuit late Thursday, June 12, against the Army Corps of Engineers for its refusal to allow GWL holders to carry on Corps property. The complaint can be found here.

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“We beat Bloomberg and now we are celebrating with a big sugary drink!” Party

June 9th, 2014

               Announcing House Bill 60 Victory Bash! 

 GeorgiaCarry.Org cordially invites you to attend a special evening to celebrate Governor Deal signing HB60 into law, further restoring our Second Amendment rights. 

When: Tuesday evening, July 1, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: GeorgiaCarry Gold Sponsor

Adventure Outdoors
2500 South Cobb Drive SE
Smyrna, Ga. 30080

Eats: GeorgiaCarry Gold Sponsor

US Cafe
With locations in Smyrna & Buckhead will be catering plenty of delicious burgers, wings, chicken sandwiches, salads and accouterments 

 Price: Tickets are available here for only $15 per person on a first come basis.

Anything else? Poker Shoot with a prize for the top shooter – limited availability due to the number of lanes available.  The poker shoot will be limited to the first 50 persons to sign up for the party.  If any of the first 50 persons do not want to partake in the poker shoot, they are free to give their place to anyone else who wants to shoot.

Anyone shooting must shoot a .380 caliber or larger to participate in the poker shoot.

Targets for the poker shoot are $10 each.  

 Please Note: Anyone who has never shot at Adventure Outdoors will be required to watch a 6-minute safety video before shooting.  It can be watched in a group or individually.  If you have never shot here and think you might in the future, you can watch it and get that out of the way.

Anything else? Bloomberg Zombie Shoot – We will be utilizing a modified Zombie Apocalypse bucket raffle like we have done at the past few conventions with a new look!  This is the airsoft target shoot that has been so successful in the past.  We will be shooting 16 oz. cups as targets instead of the Zombie statutes.

We will also have some GCO Logo items for sale for those who are interested.  We will have some new items that we have not sold anywhere before.

Join us in spending an evening with your friends and make a few new ones while we celebrate a great advancement of the Second Amendment here in Georgia!  You will enjoy this party.  Several GCO Board Members and officers will be in attendance.  Tickets are available now through June 26th.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here for $15 each.

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Grady County GA Votes to Ban Guns in Parks – GCO Challenges Their Wisdom

May 12th, 2014

On May 8, Grady County Commissioners voted 5-0 to ban guns in parks.

“We just don’t believe that’s necessary, so by a vote of 5 to 0 the commission voted not to allow firearms, at our recreation facility,” said commission chairman T. D. David.

This decision comes after HB60 was signed into law but before the effective date.  The story can be found here.

Upon hearing this news, GCO Founding Board Member, Ed Stone notified the county in writing that this is unacceptable.  The demand letter can be found here.

WALB’s Troy Washington said her station is airing an interview with Ed Stone tonight May 12, at 6:00 PM but other stations have requested the material from the story as well.
The conclusion to the story appears to be that the county is now backtracking on its words.  They were just “talking” and they want to be in compliance with state law.  The vote was just what they wish they could do . . .
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Federal Court Dismisses Rainbow PUSH “Stand Your Ground” Case

May 5th, 2014

Today, May 5, 2014, Federal District Judge Julie Carnes dismissed Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s lawsuit against Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens, seeking to have Georgia’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law declared unconstitutional.

GCO had moved to intervene in the case and had filed two motions to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs failed to serve the defendants, and the attorney general also filed his own motion to dismiss based on this failure.

The court noted GCO’s participation in the case, but ultimately granted Olens’ motion. The court also noted the plaintiffs’ counsel’s pattern of filing such a case and never serving the defendants.

The documents in the case may be found here.

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Governor Deal Signs HB60 Into Law – Effective date is July 1, 2014

April 23rd, 2014

Today, April 23, 2014 at approximately 1:00 PM, Governor Nathan Deal signed HB60 into law with around 500 people (mostly GCO Members) in attendance.  After the signing, all were treated to a BBQ lunch courtesy of Speaker Ralston.  Speaker Ralston stated the attendance at this signing ceremony was much larger than any he had attended.  There were many news media from all around the country and at least one international news media represented.

Looking on as Governor Nathan Deal signs HB60 is from left to right – Chairman John Meadows, Representative Mandi Ballinger, Representative Dusty Hightower, Representative Timothy Barr, Representative Emory Dunahoo, Representative Rick Jasperse and Speaker David Ralston.  The bluish green tie next to Speaker Ralston belongs to Chairman Alan Powell.

HB60 has an effective date of July 1, 2014.  Thanks to all who attended and those who spent a lot of time and effort contacting your elected officials in order to get this bill signed.  This is a great day for freedom.

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HB60 to be Signed Wednesday, April 23!

April 18th, 2014

It is no longer necessary to call Governor Deal concerning HB60.  Below is an invitation GCO received from Speaker David Ralston for all members of GCO to attend the signing of HB60.  The invitation below is self explanatory.

On behalf of the bill sponsors and myself, I would like to invite you and your membership to Ellijay next Wednesday, April 23rd, at the ETC Pavilion on the Coosawattee River where Governor Deal will sign House Bill 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014.  The bill signing ceremony begins at noon.  After that, a BBQ lunch will be served open to those who can join us.

The address for the ETC Pavilion can be found below.  Thanks and I look forward to seeing you and everyone in Ellijay next week.

Speaker Ralston

What: Bill Signing Ceremony for HB 60, The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014

When: Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Who:    Speaker Ralston

Governor Nathan Deal

Members of the General Assembly

Where: ETC Pavilion on the Coosawattee River

255 Legion Road

Ellijay, Georgia 30540

              Click here for a link to the Google Map

Thanks for all your efforts to get HB60 signed.  After the bill is signed on Wednesday, we will have to wait until July 1, 2014 for the bill to take effect.  Founding Board Member and Atlanta Gun Rights Examiner Ed Stone is planning a series of articles explaining what HB60 does for the people of GA from a layman’s terms so we can be prepared when the bill becomes law.  We will also have a session at the 6th Annual GCO Convention on August 16.

Hope to see many of you at the ceremony!

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GCO Names Georgia High School Association All State Rifle Team

April 18th, 2014
GCO took over sponsorship of the GHSA All State Rifle Team and Youth Sports Shooting sponsorship that was previously held by GSSA.  Part of the sponsorship included the honor of naming the GSHA All State Rifle Team.  The first GCO All State Team was presented to the shooters below last Saturday at Ft. Benning, GA State Rifle Match.  The members of the team are pictured below.
Pictured Left to Right – Team Captain Heather Johnson – Lumpkin Co (292.50), Rosemary Kramer – Upson Lee (291.70), Dakota Spivey – Lumpkin Co (209.88), Mitchell Miller – Union Grove (290.73), Hannah Gary – Elbert County (290.50), Jenna Bethea – Georgia Military (290.40), Alana Kelly – Allatoona (290.23), Courtney Weekley – Lee County (289.67), Heather Brown (not pictured) – Union Grove (289.27), Glen Lauzon – East Coweta (289.00), Morgan Tritt – Lumpkin Co (289.00), Jerry Henry GCO Executive Director.
We normally recognize 10 members of the team.  The members are determined by their being nominated by their coaches and the scores for the year’s matches.  This year, we named 11 members due to the fact that there was a tie for 10th place.  The scores were averaged out to 7 decimal places and the two team members were still tied.
Also, Alana Kelly, a sophomore at Allatoona High School shot a score of 296 in the state meet, setting a new state record and led her team to the GHSA State Title on Saturday.
Congratulations to the 2014 GCO ALL STATE RIFLE TEAM MEMBERS!
This is a very worthy program.  If you have children or grandchildren the youth sports shooting programs in Georgia are very good programs that they need to be involved in.   It is a pleasure to be associated with the fine young adults!
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Moms Demand Action: Felons Should Submit to Attacks

April 12th, 2014

Now that they have lost their fight in the legislature, Moms Demand Action are acting like old news is new to try to convince the public to ask the governor to veto HB 60.

The Moms have been trying for weeks to somebody, anybody, to agree with them that felons do not deserve to live. One of the Moms’ mavens, Melinda Ennis Roughton, has sought in vain to convince people that HB 60 “expands” self defense rights to felons, apparently believing that felons do not deserve to use a basic human right, the right to defend oneself. She found support in the most incredible place, the AJC, whose managing editor is one Bert Roughton (yes, they are husband and wife). The AJC reports today that a senate study “revealed” that under HB 60, felons can lawfully defend themselves. Of course, neither of the Roughtons speak in terms of “self defense.” They prefer the more (in their eyes) inflammatory “stand your ground.” The AJC’s story claims that even HB 60 supporters did not always know what the bill does, citing GCO’s Jerry Henry as saying the bill does nothing that is not already the law in other states.

The problem with the AJC article and the Roughton party line is that they have not bothered to address the fact that felons in all states have the right to defend themselves, and (horrors!) have no duty to retreat in most states. Such is the case in Georgia, and always has been the case in Georgia. It is not new. The AJC article would have readers believe the Sen. Bill Heath misstated the facts when he said HB 60 does not expand “stand your ground” for felons. In fact, Sen. Heath was correct. HB 60 does not expand the lack of a duty to retreat at all. The lack of such a duty already extends statewide to all people.

The confusion suffered by the Roughtons is that they do not seem to understand the difference between a defense against criminal charges and immunity from those charges. All people, including felons, have always had the right to defend themselves, and to claim self defense in a criminal trial against them. If this were not the case, state prison inmates would be obligated to submit to all manor of attacks, including rapes, beatings, and murder, just because the Moms don’t think they should have the right to fight back.

On the other hand, immunity from prosecution means a person cannot be made to stand trial in the first place (if, in this case, he lawfully defends himself). The current immunity statute limits application of immunity so that a person cannot claim it if he did not legally possess a weapon he used to defend himself. This means that a license holder who saw a crime taking place on a college campus and used a firearm to stop it could not claim immunity from prosecution, because he did not legally possess the firearm on a college campus. The person could, however, still claim self defense at a trial. And, yes, Moms, it also means a felon can never claim immunity when he uses a firearm in self defense, because he cannot legally possess a firearm.

The problem with this legal structure is that it costs the state a lot of money to determine if self defense was valid. The state can charge the self-defender with some crime (murder, aggravated assault, whatever fits the situation). In a different situation, the person could claim immunity and the court would have a hearing up front to determine if self defense was validly used. But, when the person cannot claim immunity, the state has to try the defender, who after the state rests can introduce evidence of the self defense and have the case thrown out. Meanwhile, though, the state just burned up several weeks of judicial resources that could have been used somewhere else. Only because the person cannot claim immunity.

So, what HB 60 does is allow people to claim immunity even if they did not legally possess the weapon at the time. If they did not legally use self defense, they still will be convicted. If they legally used self defense, they will not. Nothing changes. it just makes more efficient use of our resources.

And, notice that “stand your ground” has nothing to do with it? It still applies whether a person legally possessed a weapon or not, just as it always has.

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