After weeks of work, state Rep. Rick Jasperse has introduced HB 512, the Safe Carry Act of 2013. The bill is designed to enhance the safety of all Georgians through the safe carrying of firearms by responsible citizens. Among other things, the bill would reduce the number of off-limits places, eliminate the need for fingerprints for renewals of GWLs, expand state preemption of local regulations to include all weapons, and recognize the safe record of GWL holders by adding them to the list of those exempt from several firearms laws. GCO strongly supports this bill and encourages its members to tell their representatives that they would like to see the bill passed into law. The actual bill can be found here.
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The Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights doesn't just apply in certain locations or to special people favored by the government. The right of the people to keep and bear arms applies everywhere and to all of us without qualification. "Shall not be infringed" means SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
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.
An amendment to remove a reference to firearms from Carroll County’s disaster and emergency ordinance was passed by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday without discussion.
The decision to change the ordinance was made to avoid conflicting with Second Amendment issues raised by a Georgia gun rights organization.
The action eliminates the word “firearms” from a list of items whose sales could be suspended in case of a local disaster declared by the county commission chairman. The wording was questioned in a Jan. 18 letter, hand-delivered to commission Chairman Marty Smith, by James Camp of Temple, representing GeorgiaCarry.org.
In recommending the amendment, County Attorney Cynthia Daley said the ordinance was drafted 11 years ago from a model provided by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.
As originally worded, the ordinance says that in times of local disasters or emergencies the commission chairman could “suspend the sale, distribution, dispensing or transportation of firearms, alcoholic beverages, explosives and combustible products and can close businesses which sell them.”
“My recommendation is that we remove it (the word ‘firearms’),” Daley said. “I can’t think of any incidence where it would be used.”
Camp was in attendance at the meeting, but did not speak.
The vote was 6-0 in favor of the amendment, with District 1 Commissioner Trent North absent.
GeorgiaCarry.org has filed legal court cases against similar ordinances in other locations and has been successful in many cases of getting the laws removed, according to the organization’s website. The group has also asked the city of Carrollton to remove firearms as one of the prohibited items from the GreenBelt trail, but the city hasn’t yet acted on the request. The February city council meeting, which would have been held Monday, was canceled.
This is from an article in the Times-Georgian.com by Winston Jones 02/01/13
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners plans to amend its current disaster ordinance to avoid conflicting with Second Amendment issues raised by a Georgia gun rights organization.
The proposed ordinance eliminates the word “firearms” from a list of items whose sales could be suspended in case of a local disaster declared by the county commission chairman. The wording was questioned in a Jan. 18 letter hand delivered to commission Chairman Marty Smith by James Camp, of Temple, representing GeorgiaCarry.org.
The proposed ordinance was presented to the BOC at its Wednesday work session. It will likely be brought up for vote at Tuesday’s 6 p.m. regular monthly meeting.
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GCO asked the City of Atlanta to repeal its preempted ordinance banning firearms at assemblies and events in Atlanta. Member of the Atlanta City Council Michael Julian Bond tells Channel 2 news that he believes a GCO lawsuit against Atlanta would be “frivolous” and “ill timed.”
He says “I am very disturbed by this kind of advocacy.”
It sounds like Councilman Bond does not want to repeal his illegal ordinance.
WSB TV shows Jerry Henry, the Executive Director of GCO, and displays the attorney letter GCO had sent to the City of Atlanta, in the following video:
There is more information contained in the article that WSB TV posted on its web site, link here.
GCO will not permit the City of Atlanta to violate state law. The ordinance is illegal and must go, or the city must acknowledge that the ordinance is illegal and agree that it will never be enforced.
GCO Executive Director Jerry Henry did an excellent job representing Georgia’s law abiding gun owners yesterday, January 16 on the national news. Here is a video of Jerry in the CNN studios for those who missed it.
In addition, last night, a portion of Jerry’s clip from CNN appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Those who are familiar with Jon Stewart know that he favors the President’s policies on gun control. Check out the link and see what Jon Stewart has to say about Jerry Henry’s statements.
LINK TO DAILY SHOW VIDEO Jerry appears at 2:25 “There Goes The Boom.”
Thanks, Jerry, you represented GCO with poise and excellence, as usual. It appears your statements actually forced the reporter at CNN to actually think about the subject and maybe reconsider some views that she thought were common sense approaches to this issue.
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Michael Karamian Sent 01/17/13 3:31 AM
The Supreme Court announced January 7, 2013, that they would not be hearing our “private property rights/church carry case”. This brings our efforts to return the private property rights to the private property owner and decriminalize church carry via the court system to an end.
This does not mean that we are through fighting for the church’s right to decide or your right to self defense when attending church. We will have a bill introduced that will address this issue and others in the upcoming General Assembly Session. We will keep you informed of our progress in the coming days. The General Assembly Session starts on January 14.
GCO supports most of the stated goals of the Coalition, and thinks the effort is laudable. The reason GCO did not join is because the conditions of joining require the Board of GCO to abdicate its authority to set the policy for GCO. The Coalition requires members to support all positions taken by the Coalition and do not allow for modifications to such positions or to documents created. In short, the members of the coalition have no editorial or managerial control over the coalition. GCO’s board did not believe it would be the responsible thing to do to turn over policy making to an unaccountable and uncontrollable third party group. It is not even clear who is in control of the Coalition, given that the members of the coalition are not.
The GCO board therefore chose instead to continue to advocate its own positions. It is entirely possible, and even likely, that GCO will endorse actions and positions taken by the Coalition. But the Coalition will not be empowered to speak for GCO under the conditions imposed.