Many of you might recall that GCO member and Gwinnett County resident Stephen Neisler contacted by letter his county representative, Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, regarding the county’s preempted gun ban. Within 48 hours, his commissioner contacted Mr. Neisler to assure him the county would investigate the issue.
Since Mr. Neisler wrote that letter, GCO has been made aware that Gwinnett County parks have experienced both a murder and an armed robbery. On January 17, 2007, almost a month and a half after Mr. Neisler wrote his commissioner, the Gwinnett County Department of Community Services finally responded to Mr. Neisler in writing with an assertion that the Gwinnett gun ban was not preempted.
GCO replied on behalf of Mr. Neisler and GCO’s Gwinnett County members on January 25. A copy of the letter was sent to the entire board of commissioners and the county attorney. As you can see, GCO asked that a commissioner or the county attorney contact GCO by February 2, 2007 to discuss whether Gwinnett County will consider voluntarily complying with state law on this issue.
Gwinnett County’s attorney called today to state that her office is working on this issue in conjunction with the Parks Department and that they will amend the statute to comply with Georgia’s preemption statute. GCO will be watching this issue closely.