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Corps Seeks to Avoid Discovery

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has filed a motion for an order “protecting” it from discovery obligations in GCO’s case against the Corps for banning loaded guns on Corps property. If granted, the order would prohibit GCO from using interrogatories or taking depositions of Corps employees. The Corps’ brief, and GCO’s response, can be found here.


Supreme Court Transfers WONG Case to Court of Appeals

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The Supreme Court of Georgia has transferred GCO’s challenge of the ban of firearms at the Wings Over North Georgia airshow to the Court of Appeals. The order doing so may be viewed here.


GCO Files Brief in Air Show Appeal

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

GCO has filed its opening brief in its appeal of its case against Floyd County, challenging the firearms ban at the Wings Over North Georgia airshow. The brief may be read here.


GCO Files Amicus Brief in 9th Circuit Corps Case

Monday, July 13th, 2015

GCO has filed a brief as an “amicus curiae” (friend of the court) in the 9th Circuit case of Nesbitt v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In the case, the U.S. District Court in Idaho ruled that the Corps’ ban on carrying loaded firearms on Corps property violates the Second Amendment, and the Corps appealed. Briefs in the case may be found here.


Roswell Drops Police Department Searches

Friday, June 12th, 2015

In the face of GCO’s pending motion for an interlocutory injunction, the City of Roswell has agreed to stop searching visitors to the police department. The metal detector has been removed from the lobby. In addition, Roswell has agreed to reimburse GCO for its costs of bringing a lawsuit to force this resolution, and to pay for GCO’s attorney’s fees.


11th Circuit Affirms Denial of Injunction in Corps Case

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction in GCO’s case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The opinion may be read here.


Governor Signs HB492 into law – Effective Date 07/01/15

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

HB492 was signed into law on May 6, 2015.  HB492 will become law on July 1, 2015.

HB492 is the result of the Courts, Judges, AGGC and GCO getting together and agreeing on changes that needed to be done after the passage of HB60 last session.  Here are the changes:

1) Clarifies that government buildings are off limits only to those who do not hold a valid GWL

2) Clarifies that carrying within 150′ of a polling place is off limits ONLY when an election is taking place.

3) Clarifies that the Probate Judge cannot require a fingerprint background check when the holder has a valid GWL, regardless of the county the GWL was issued.  (The Judges were requiring a background check for any license that was not originally issued in their county.  This practice will stop upon this bill being signed and the effective date reached.)

4) Allows for school systems to decide punishment for any weapon carried to school by a student with the exception of firearms, dangerous weapons or machine guns or unless weapons defined as such in 16-11-127.1 are used in an assault.

5) Sets the date a GWL can be renewed to 90 days before and 30 days after expiration. The license can be renewed anytime during that 4 months.

6) Defined “Armed Forces” for the purpose of 16-11-129.

7) Sets the procedure for a State or Superior Court to notify the Probate Court when a GWL holder is convicted of any crime that would disqualify the holder from holding a license.

8) Requires the Probate Court to notify GCIC immediately or no later than ten days of any license holder who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

9) Clarifies the procedure for the State or Superior Courts to determine the validity of a GWL.

10) Added “political subdivision and school district” to the list of those who cannot institute gun control laws.

11) Changed the definition of weapon in 16-11-173 from the same meaning in 16-11-127.1 to “means any device designed or intended to be used, or capable of being used, for offense or defense, including but not limited to firearms, bladed devices, clubs, electric stun devices, and defense sprays.”

As you can see, there are several good items in this bill.  Please take time to contact Governor Deal and the bill’s sponsors and thank them for eliminating these ambiguities in the law.


Court of Appeals Dismisses Mall Arrest Lawsuit

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The Court of Appeals of Georgia has dismissed a GCO member’s lawsuit against officers that arrested him for refusing to prove his identity. The opinion may be found here.


GCO Files Comments On ATF’s Proposal to Ban M855 Ammunition

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

GCO has filed comments in the ATF proposal to ban popular M855 (“green tip” 5.56) ammunition. The comments can be viewed here.


GCO Now Supports HB186

Friday, February 20th, 2015

We want to thank all members who contacted the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee about HB186.  After some late night negotiations Representative Ed Setzler and others made the necessary changes to HB186 that allows GeorgiaCarry.Org to support HB186.  HB186 has now been assigned to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Subcommittee “A”, chaired by Representative Rick Jasperse.  We will keep you informed of any future movements and/or changes should any be added to the bill as well as the date and time of the next hearing.  When that hearing is held, that will be the time for anyone to speak for or against the bill.  If the bill is recommended do pass by the Subcommittee, you cannot be assured that anyone will be allowed to speak for or against the bill in the full committee hearing.

Chairman Alan Powell requested we tell all our members thank you for reminding them that second amendment advocacy groups are alive and well.  He was very pleased to receive your kind emails reminding him of your passionate belief in the second amendment.  Many of you responded and did so in true GCO form and impressed the members of the committee.

We want to make sure you know and understand that Representatives Ed Setzler, (R-35), Micah Gravely, (R-67) and Emory Dunahoo, (R-30), the bill sponsors and most of the members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee are true second amendment supporters and meant no harm to the second amendment by offering this bill.  All these men are passionate second amendment supporters that can be counted on to support your rights to keep and bear arms.

One of the things that we know about this bill was that it was taken from last year’s HB826.  Much of it was copied and the reason for both bills (HB826 and HB186) was/is to put common sense into the zero tolerance policy and allow schools more leeway when a student is found to accidentally be in possession of a knife longer than 2″ or other “now defined weapon” and not force the schools to call law enforcement and have the student arrested on a felony charge.  Everyone believes that to be wrong and the elimination of zero tolerance per se is a valid and noble undertaking.

However, when one copies anything there are many things that can go amiss.  One such example is that of HB186 in its original form.  What was originally in this bill was also in HB826 but did not receive any attention because in the exemptions a valid GWL holder was exempted and did not put undue burden on the lawful firearm carrier.  With that provision removed, it became a criminal action to everyone with or without a valid GWL and therefore had to be stopped.  This is where the members of GCO came into the picture and did a fine job of accomplishing that task.

For those who contacted their representatives, now would be a good time to follow up with a thank you note for listening to our objections and not allowing our right to keep and bear arms to be further infringed.

Again, thank each of you for contacting your representatives and helping get this bill turned around.