Harry B. James III, the probate judge of Richmond County, refuses to issue temporary GWLs upon request. GCO recently wrote Judge James, asking him to begin issuing temporaries. Judge James did not deem GCO worthy of a response, so GCO had no alternative but to sue Judge James for a writ of mandamus, ordering him to issue temporaries to eligible applicants. The letter and complaint may be found here.
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GCO has filed motions to intervene in, and to dismiss, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s lawsuit aimed at repealing what it calls Georgia’s “stand your ground” law. GCO seeks to represent the interests of its members, who are not adequately represented by the existing parties in the case. This is a new attack on the law and is separate from the case GCO won last year again Rev. Markel Hutchins. The documents for the Rainbow Coalition’s lawsuit may be viewed here.
GCO has filed a lawsuit against Glynn County officers for arresting a GCO member for obstruction for refusing to provide his drivers license while he was openly carrying in the Glynn County Mall in 2008. The State Court of Glynn County dismissed the case in 2012 on the grounds that it is not a crime in Georgia to refuse to provide ID to a law enforcement officer on demand. The complaint may be viewed here.
The City of Nelson has filed a response to GCO’s motion to intervene in the Brady Campaign’s lawsuit against Nelson. Nelson supports GCO’s intervention in the case, in which the Brady Campaign seeks to invalidate Nelson’s ordinance requiring heads of households to maintain weapons. The documents may be viewed here.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to consider GCO’s petition for certiorari in the church carry case on January 4, 2013. At a conference, the court decides whether to take a case. Conference decisions generally are reported the following Monday, or January 7.
GCO has petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to take an appeal of the so-called “church carry” case, in which GCO challenges a Georgia law banning carrying firearms in churches. GCO brought the case in the Superior Court of Upson County, Georgia, which removed the case to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The federal court dismissed the case and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal. GCO now seeks to have the nation’s highest court review the decision. In the appeal, GCO asserts that the First Amendment’s “free exercise” clause prohibits states from banning activities in churches when such activities generally are permitted elsewhere in the state. The documents may be viewed here.