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Florida Carry Files Amicus In Support of GCO Against Corps

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Florida Carry has filed an amicus curiae brief in support of GCO’s appeal to the 11th Circuit against the Corps of Engineers. The brief may be found here.

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Court Rejects Criminal Charges For Carrying At Gun Show

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The State Court of Clayton County has issued a directed verdict of acquittal in a case where a GWL holder was charged with carrying a gun to a gun show. The state charged Jeff Leising with carrying in an unauthorized location, criminal trespass, and reckless conduct based on allegations that Leising, a GWL holder, carried a loaded gun while at a Gun Runners show at the state Farmers Market in Forest Park. After the state rested in the jury trial on the case, Lesing moved for a directed verdict on all counts. After discussion with counsel, the judge agreed that under the evidence introduced, Leising could not be convicted. Included in the court’s ruling were a couple noteworthy findings, including 1) a GWL holder can carry in a government building, even if there is security screening, unless he is notified he fails to clear security and fails to leave.; and 2) private entities leasing public property have no power to ban GWL holders from carrying firearms on the property. A transcript of the directed verdict portion of the trial may be found here.

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GCO Files Brief in Corps of Engineers Appeal

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

GCO has filed its opening brief in its appeal of the denial of a preliminary injunction in its case against the Corps of Engineers at Lake Allatoona. The brief may be found here.

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GCO Files Amicus Brief in Immunity Case

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

GCO has filed an “amicus curiae” brief in the Supreme Court of Georgia, supporting a criminal defendant who shot and wounded a man allegedly attacking the shooter’s son. The shooter is charged with aggravated assault and other crimes associated with the shooting. He had filed a motion for immunity on self defense grounds. The motion was denied on the grounds that there were disputes of fact and the state needed to do more investigation. The shooter appealed to the court of appeals, which dismissed the appeal on the grounds that it should not have taken the case in the first place. The shooter now is asking the Supreme Court of Georgia to take his case. GCO is not taking a position in the man’s defense, but is taking the position that anyone who moves for immunity is entitled to a meaningful hearing at which the trial court makes findings of fact and conclusions of law. GCO’s brief may be found here.

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Fulton Judge Dismisses School Case, But Agrees With GCO On Merits

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

A Fulton County Superior Court judge has dismissed a GCO member’s case for a declaratory judgment that HB 826 allows GWL holders to carry in schools. In the order, however, the judge agreed that the member has the better argument on the merits, and that HB 826 and HB 60 are not irreconcilably conflicted. The order may be found here.

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Floyd County Judge Denies GCO Injunction Request

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Floyd County Superior Court Judge Walter Matthews has denied GCO’s motion for an interlocutory injunction in the case against the county for banning guns at the Floyd County Airport and at the Wings Over North Georgia airshow. The order denying the injunction can be found here.

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GCO receives national award

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Saturday September 26, 2014, at the Second Amendment Foundation Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago, IL, GeorgiaCarry.Org was honored with the Outstanding Grassroots Organization Award.  This award is awarded each year to the organization that is felt to have accomplished the most towards restoring Second Amendment rights as well as the organization that had the most national impact.

Unfortunately, due to the arson in the Aurora, IL control tower that shut down Chicago’s airports, no one from GCO was available to accept the award.  GCO Vice President John Monroe, GCO Executive Director, Jerry Henry and long time GCO Member and host of Armed American Radio, Mark Walters were registered to attend the conference but were unable to get out of Atlanta until the conference was over.

This is a wonderful way to begin to wind up 2014, an unbelievable year for GCO.  As you know we have received a tremendous amount of national and international news media and now we have an award from a National Gun Rights Group, the Second Amendment Foundation.

Some of the organizations we were judged against – Virginia Citizens Defense League, Oregon Firearms Federation, New Jersey Second Amendment society, Buckeye Firearms Association, Florida Carry, Gun Owners of Utah, Montana Shooting Sports Association, and Wisconsin Carry to name just a few are very strong and well established and winning an award of this nature took a tremendous effort.

This is all a reflection of the dedication of you, our members in making this all possible.  Without you, the members who make your influence known at the General Assembly, none of this would have happened.  The Board of Directors, the Officers of GCO and your Executive Director extend our thanks to you for making our jobs easier and very rewarding.  It is truly a pleasure to serve the members of this great organization.

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State Representative Rick Jasperse receives national award

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Congratulations to State Representative Rick Jasperse, GCO’s Legislator of the Year 2014.  Representative Jasperse was recognized by the Second Amendment Foundation as their Legislator of the Year for 2014 for his dedication and hard work on HB60.

This is the first time that GCO’s Legislator of the Year has received national recognition for his work in Georgia and with GeorgiaCarry.Org.

This is a well deserved award for Rick.

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Floyd Airport Hearing Set for October 8

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Floyd County Superior Court Chief Judge Walter Matthews has scheduled a hearing on October 8 at 9 a.m. in the Floyd County Courthouse in GCO’s case challenging Floyd County’s ban of guns at the Floyd County airport. The purpose of the hearing is to determine if the court will issue an interlocutory injunction to prohibit enforcement of the gun ban while the case is pending. The Wings Over North Georgia airshow will be held at the airport on October 18 and 19. The hearing will be at the Floyd County Courthouse at 3 Government Plaza in Rome.

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GCO Sues Floyd County and Chief Deputy for Gun Ban at Floyd County Airport

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

GCO has filed a lawsuit seeking a declaration that Floyd County’s ordinance banning guns at the county airport is preempted by state law. Also named as a defendant is the Chief Deputy of the Floyd County Sheriff’s office, who told a GCO member that it was a waste of time to try to explain to the member why it was lawful for the Sheriff to ban guns at the Wings Over North Georgia airshow, and emphatically stating that the ban would be enforced. A copy of the Complaint may be found here.

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