GCO has filed a lawsuit against Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree for regulating sales of used firearms. The sheriff has been enforcing a county ordinance that imposes a 10-day waiting period on sales of used goods to include firearms dealers, even just interstate FFL transfers. A copy of the complaint and a brief in support of an interlocutory injunction may be found here.
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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 The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get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.
Yet another case has been filed to determine if HB 826 actually means what it says and decriminalizes carrying in schools for people with GWLs. In this case, Phillip Evans has sued the Gwinnett County Public Schools. Case documents may be found here.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has denied the Corps of Engineers’ motion to dismiss GCO’s complaint challenging the Corps’ ban on guns on Corps property. The Court stayed any further proceedings in the case until after the 11th Circuit disposes of GCO’s appeal of the denial of a motion for a preliminary injunction. Documents in the case can be found here.
In a case where GCO is not a party, but supports the position taken by the plaintiff, a man is suing the Fulton County Schools over his right to carry a gun on school property with a GWL in the wake of HB 826. The documents may be viewed here.
In response to GCO’s inquiry about the state Teacher Retirement System’s policy prohibiting guns in the parking lots of its facility, TRS revised its policy. Guns no longer are purportedly banned outside the building.
GCO has filed a notice of appeal in its case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the Corps’ ban on guns on Corps property. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia denied GCO’s motion for a preliminary injunction. GCO is appealing that denial.
In GCO’s case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ban on carrying firearms on their property, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Judge Harold Murphy presiding, has denied GCO’s motion for a preliminary injunction. In ruling on the motion, Judge Murphy said that Corps property is a “sensitive place,” and that the Corps’ regulation does not burden the Second Amendment right. The order may be found here.
GCO has filed a reply to the Corps of Engineers’ brief opposing GCO’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the case challenging the Corps’ ban on guns on Corps property. In addition, GCO has filed a motion for a default against the Corps for failing to respond to the complaint on a timely basis. Those documents may be viewed here.
In the wake of HB 60, GCO has learned that various state and local governmental entities are illegally regulating the carrying of weapons in locations around the state. As they are discovered, GCO has been contacting the agencies involved and asked them to stop their practices or face litigation. Agencies and their practices contacted so far:
State MVD (Motor Vehicle Division) — searches all who enter and bans all knives and guns
State Teacher Retirement System — bans guns throughout property, including parking lots
City of Commerce — contemplating banning guns in recreation facilities
City of Roswell — bans all weapons in police department
GCO reminds state agencies and local governments that they may not regulate weapons at all, and even for those facilities that actually qualify as government buildings, state law still does not prohibit knives with blades shorter than 5 inches, handguns with barrels longer than 12 inches, long guns with barrels shorter than 18 inches, and any firearms of caliber less than .46 centimeters. Government entities that violate the state preemption law will not be tolerated.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org.