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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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11th Circuit Orders Response to Petition for Rehearing in Detention Case

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered Deputy Brian Kabler to respond to GCO’s petition for rehearing in an illegal detention case. The case arose when a GCO member was pulled over in McIntosh County by Deputy Kabler to see if the member had a GWL. GCO filed the case in Superior Court of McIntosh County and Kabler removed it to federal court. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia dismissed the case, ruling that Kabler had qualified immunity. The 11th Circuit affirmed, ruling that Kabler had immunity against claims for damages and that GCO’s claims for prospective relief were moot because HB 60 prohibits detaining a person to see if he has a GWL. GCO petitioned for rehearing on the grounds that the federal courts lose jurisdiction if a case is moot, and have to remand a removed case back to the state court in which it originated (rather than dismiss it). The 11th Circuit has ordered Kabler to respond to GCO’s petition. The documents may be viewed here.

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GCO Seeks Remand in Illegal Traffic Stop Case

Friday, September 5th, 2014

GCO has asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling affirming the dismissal of GCO’s claims for declaratory and injunctive relief in an illegal detention case. GCO originally filed the case in McIntosh County Superior Court, and the sheriff’s deputy defendant removed it to federal court. The 11th Circuit has ruled that because of the change in law brought about by HB 60, GCO no longer has standing to sue in federal court. GCO points out in its petition for hearing that a federal court is obligated to remand a removed case back to state court if the federal court loses jurisdiction to hear the case. The documents may be viewed here.

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11th Circuit Rules No Reason to Detain for Carrying

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia’s ruling dismissing GCO’s lawsuit against a McIntosh County deputy for detaining a GCO member to see if the member had a GWL. In affirming the dismissal, the 11th Circuit noted that with HB 60′s passage, there no longer is any reason for a LEO to detain a person to see if the person has a GWL, thus “clearly establishing” the law for any future cases that may arise. The opinion may be found here.

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GCO Sues Richmond Sheriff for Regulating Gun Sales

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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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