GCO has filed a lawsuit against the Code Revision Commission, its members, and the Governor for their failure to implement, publish, and give effect to the bulk of House Bill 826, which decriminalized carrying firearms in “school safety zones” for GWL holders. The suit seeks a writ of mandamus against the Code Revision Commission and its members, requiring them to publish in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated the complete enactment of the General Assembly in HB 826. It also seeks a declaration against the governor that it is not a crime for a GWL holder to carry a firearm within a school safety zone. A copy of the complaint may be found here.
GeorgiaCarry.Org is Georgia's No-compromise
Voice For Gun Owners.
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.
We are pleased to announce our featured speaker for GeorgiaCarry.Org’s 7th Annual Convention is Kenn Blanchard, Author of Black Man With a Gun and the blog with the same name.
For those not familiar with Kenn, here is his bio.
Reverend Kenn Blanchard is internationally known as the Black Man With A Gun. He is an author, and gun rights activist with a background in counter-terrorism, and police instruction. He is a former US Marine trained by Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He speaks Brazilian, Portuguese and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
He served as one of the first African American members of the Director of CIA protective staff and firearms instructors.
He has served as a columnist for New Voices Newspaper of Durham, North Carolina; as a Director and Chaplain of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He is the recipient of the NRA’s Carter-Harlon award for Civil Rights. He is currently on the training committee for the NRA.
With two decades of gun rights activism, Blanchard has been involved in almost every pro-rights event that involved a person of color. He has done commercials for TV against racist gun laws and been featured in four documentaries. He has been speaking professionally since 1992. He has provided voice-overs for pro-gun commercials in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore.
In 2014, he has spoken with Donald Trump in Albany, NY, as a media expert in Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix, AZ for AZCDL.org.
He produces a weekly pro-gun variety show online called the Black Man With A Gun Show, now in its sixth year.
He is a trusted influencer in the gun community and communicates regularly with many of the top people he has known since 1991. He is sought after speaker and sage in the gun community. He has several blogs and is the publisher of blanchardmediagroup.com. Here are 3 of his articles: How the CIA Agent Became a Pastor – Close Up and Personal with the Daniel Defense DDM4V9 – Thinking About Concealed Carry
GeorgiaCarry.Org will once again be furnishing lunch for our Lifetime Members with Kenn. Kenn is looking forward to having lunch and a lively discussion with the Life Members on Saturday. Kenn will also be signing and selling his books, “Black Man With a Gun” at the vendor show on Saturday. We are very honored to have a man with such an impressive resume.
Check back soon, more itinerary details will be available shortly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.