Archive for the 'No issuing of Non-Resident GFL' Category

GCO Opposes Motion to Dismiss, Files Amended Complaint in Nonresident Case

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

GCO has filed an amended complaint a brief opposing the defendant’s motion to dismiss in a class action against all the probate judges in the state over whether they may refuse to issue GFLs to nonresidents.  The federal district court has not yet certified the action as a class action, but GCO has filed a motion requesting such certification (see below).  The documents in the case may be viewed here.

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Fulton Probate Judge Opposes Class Certification

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The judge of the Fulton County Probate Court has filed a brief opposing class certification in GCO’s case challenging the constitutionality of a state statute prohibiting GFLs to non-residents.  The brief may be read here.

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Fulton Probate Judge Moves to Dismiss Class Action Against Her

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Judge Pinkie Toomer of the Fulton County Probate Court filed a motion to dismiss GCO’s class action against her, claiming the federal court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case.  A copy of the brief supporting her motion can be viewed here.

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GCO Files Motion to Certify Class in Nonresident GFL Case

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

GCO has filed a motion to certify the class in its case against the Fulton County probate judge over Georgia’s law requiring a GFL applicant to be a resident of Georgia.  If the judge certifies the class as requested, this case will be a class action against all probate judges in the state of Georgia, with the Fulton County judge acting as the class representative.  The brief in support of GCO’s motion may be viewed here.

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GCO Challenges Refusal to Issue GFLs to Nonresidents

Friday, June 27th, 2008

GCO has filed a class action in federal court, challenging the state law that prohibits issuing GFLs to nonresidents. The GCO member plaintiff, who is a resident of Wisconsin, sought to obtain a GFL for when he visits Georgia. The Fulton County Probate Court confirmed that he would not be permitted to apply.

The case seeks to have the law ruled unconstitutional as violating the Privileges and Immunities Clause, the Militia Clause, the 2nd Amendment, and the 14th Amendment. The 2nd Amendment claim is bolstered by yesterday’s Supreme Court of the United States decision in Heller.

The case is somewhat unusual in that it seeks to sue all the probate judges in Georgia in a class action, with the class being the defendant judges. Class actions usually have a plaintiff class against a single defendant. Before the case can proceed as a class action, the federal judge to whom the case is assigned will have to certify the class.

The class representative, the Fulton County probate judge, was served on June 27, 2008, the day the complaint was filed.  Her answer will be due July 17.

The complaint may be viewed here.

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