GCO has filed a notice of appeal in its case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the Corps’ ban on guns on Corps property. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia denied GCO’s motion for a preliminary injunction. GCO is appealing that denial.
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Prior to July 1, 2008, the State of Georgia had many restrictions on where and how a law abiding citizen could carry a firearm. Coupled with a law so vaguely and poorly written that determining where one could legally carry was extremely difficult, many citizens never bothered to obtain a Georgia Firearm License to exercise their rights.
GeorgiaCarry.Org was incorporated on February 9, 2007 and from the beginning, we have fought against the powerful interests who seek to burden the exercise of our second amendment rights. Our first action was to sue Georgia's Probate Judges to force them to follow the law. We sued them to force them to issue license within a certain time frame as opposed to issuing them when they so desired. We also took them to court to remove their requirement of applicants to supply their Social Security numbers and employment information in order to obtain a license. Next, we took on Cities and Counties to force them to repeal their local gun bans, in violation of Georgia's Preemption Law (OCGA 16-11-173).
Working with Georgia State Senator John Douglas (R17) and State Rep. Tim Bearden (R68) in 2008, we began the process of expanding the number of places Firearms Licensees can carry, including restaurants that serve alcohol, public transit and parks. GCO filed an Amicus Brief in the Heller v. DC court case documenting the racist origins and intent of gun control.
In 2009, working with Senator Mitch Seabaugh, we took yet another step in restoring our 2A rights. In 2010, SB308, Senator Seabaugh's "Common Sense" gun bill was passed in the General Assembly and signed into law on June 6, 2010 by Governor Sonny Perdue. The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get a license by removing the life time prohibitions for misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions.
Much more needs to be done and GeorgiaCarry.Org will not stop until our nation's forefather's promise of "shall not be infringed" is achieved. If you share our belief that the Second Amendment doesn't have an asterisk, then join us in the fight for our Liberty.
In GCO’s case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ban on carrying firearms on their property, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Judge Harold Murphy presiding, has denied GCO’s motion for a preliminary injunction. In ruling on the motion, Judge Murphy said that Corps property is a “sensitive place,” and that the Corps’ regulation does not burden the Second Amendment right. The order may be found here.
GCO has filed a reply to the Corps of Engineers’ brief opposing GCO’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the case challenging the Corps’ ban on guns on Corps property. In addition, GCO has filed a motion for a default against the Corps for failing to respond to the complaint on a timely basis. Those documents may be viewed here.
In the wake of HB 60, GCO has learned that various state and local governmental entities are illegally regulating the carrying of weapons in locations around the state. As they are discovered, GCO has been contacting the agencies involved and asked them to stop their practices or face litigation. Agencies and their practices contacted so far:
State MVD (Motor Vehicle Division) — searches all who enter and bans all knives and guns
State Teacher Retirement System — bans guns throughout property, including parking lots
City of Commerce — contemplating banning guns in recreation facilities
City of Roswell — bans all weapons in police department
GCO reminds state agencies and local governments that they may not regulate weapons at all, and even for those facilities that actually qualify as government buildings, state law still does not prohibit knives with blades shorter than 5 inches, handguns with barrels longer than 12 inches, long guns with barrels shorter than 18 inches, and any firearms of caliber less than .46 centimeters. Government entities that violate the state preemption law will not be tolerated.
The Griffin Police Department contacted GCO on August 19 requesting our participation in a fundraiser for Officer Kevin Jordan’s family. Officer Jordan left a wife and 7 children. You will remember he is the officer who was shot to death in the parking lot of a Waffle House last month. His brother came up at the same time and shot the perpetrator. His brother is a GWL holder and the police department feels it would be good for GCO to set up a booth and discuss our mission with the citizens. The officer who contacted us stated that the public needs to know how important it is for law-abiding citizens to be armed. As this incident shows, the brother saved the police department a lot of time and kept an armed perpetrator from having to be chased down and possibly putting more innocent citizens in harms way.
This is a great time for GeorgiaCarry.Org to step up and show our true colors. This is yet another time we have been approached by a law enforcement agency asking for our help. It would really be good for the GCO GunRunners to participate in this ride. Details can also be found on FB page – “Ride for Officer Jordan” if you are logged into FaceBook.
We will need volunteers to man our table at this event. Anyone interested please contact GCO Recruiting Coordinator, Bruce Greenfield @ email@example.com.
GCO has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in its case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In the motion, GCO seeks to have the Corps enjoined from enforcing the ban on carrying on Corps property pending the outcome of the case. The brief in support of the motion and other documents may be viewed here.
GCO filed a lawsuit late Thursday, June 12, against the Army Corps of Engineers for its refusal to allow GWL holders to carry on Corps property. The complaint can be found here.
GeorgiaCarry.Org cordially invites you to attend a special evening to celebrate Governor Deal signing HB60 into law, further restoring our Second Amendment rights.
When: Tuesday evening, July 1, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: GeorgiaCarry Gold Sponsor
2500 South Cobb Drive SE
Smyrna, Ga. 30080
Eats: GeorgiaCarry Gold Sponsor
With locations in Smyrna & Buckhead will be catering plenty of delicious burgers, wings, chicken sandwiches, salads and accouterments
Price: Tickets are available here for only $15 per person on a first come basis.
Anything else? Poker Shoot with a prize for the top shooter – limited availability due to the number of lanes available. The poker shoot will be limited to the first 50 persons to sign up for the party. If any of the first 50 persons do not want to partake in the poker shoot, they are free to give their place to anyone else who wants to shoot.
Anyone shooting must shoot a .380 caliber or larger to participate in the poker shoot.
Targets for the poker shoot are $10 each.
Please Note: Anyone who has never shot at Adventure Outdoors will be required to watch a 6-minute safety video before shooting. It can be watched in a group or individually. If you have never shot here and think you might in the future, you can watch it and get that out of the way.
Anything else? Bloomberg Zombie Shoot – We will be utilizing a modified Zombie Apocalypse bucket raffle like we have done at the past few conventions with a new look! This is the airsoft target shoot that has been so successful in the past. We will be shooting 16 oz. cups as targets instead of the Zombie statutes.
Join us in spending an evening with your friends and make a few new ones while we celebrate a great advancement of the Second Amendment here in Georgia! You will enjoy this party. Several GCO Board Members and officers will be in attendance. Tickets are available now through June 26th.
On May 8, Grady County Commissioners voted 5-0 to ban guns in parks.
“We just don’t believe that’s necessary, so by a vote of 5 to 0 the commission voted not to allow firearms, at our recreation facility,” said commission chairman T. D. David.
This decision comes after HB60 was signed into law but before the effective date. The story can be found here.
Upon hearing this news, GCO Founding Board Member, Ed Stone notified the county in writing that this is unacceptable. The demand letter can be found here.
Today, May 5, 2014, Federal District Judge Julie Carnes dismissed Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s lawsuit against Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens, seeking to have Georgia’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law declared unconstitutional.
GCO had moved to intervene in the case and had filed two motions to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs failed to serve the defendants, and the attorney general also filed his own motion to dismiss based on this failure.
The court noted GCO’s participation in the case, but ultimately granted Olens’ motion. The court also noted the plaintiffs’ counsel’s pattern of filing such a case and never serving the defendants.
The documents in the case may be found here.