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 The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get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.
March 11th, 2016
This afternoon HB 859 PASSED the Georgia State Senate Floor vote by a margin of 37-17.
We would like to thank the members of the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Rules Committee and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for taking up this bill, allowing it to be heard and vetted and put before the Senators for their consideration.
A special thanks to Senator Jesse Stone for his great work shepherding this bill through the Senate.
The bill now heads to the Governors desk to await his action to either sign the bill into law, veto the bill or do not sign the bill and allow it to become law without his signature. We expect the first option, sign into law but we still need to keep contacting the governor requesting he sign the bill into law.
I will assure you the George Soros/Michael Bloomberg groups will continue to hound him to veto the bill. We also need to let him know we want the bill signed.
To email the governor, you must go here and fill out the form.
If you wish to write him, feel free to do so. Governor Deal’s address and phone number is below.
Office of the Governor
206 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
As always, please be polite when asking for your elected official’s support.
Thanks to all of you. Our work is not yet complete but we are getting close on this issue.
March 10th, 2016
We have been informed that the Senate will hold a floor vote on HB859, The Campus Carry Act tomorrow.
Please contact your Senator and ask him/her to support HB859 with NO ADDED amendments….
If you are not aware of your Senator’s contact information, go to this link and put in your address. You state legislators will appear with their contact information. As always, please be polite when contacting your elected officials as they are only doing the jobs you elected them to do.
Thanks to all members who have worked so hard to get this far.
February 24th, 2016
HB859 was read and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will probably be heard week of 2/29/16. Please keep watch for further information on how you can help pass HB859 out of the committee.
February 20th, 2016
On February 19, 2016, HB859 was assigned to the House Floor Calendar for a Monday February 22, vote.
We need all members and their friends to contact their State Representatives this weekend and ask them to vote for HB859. As always, please be respectful in all your correspondence with our elected officials.
If you are unsure of your elected officials, click here and input your address. Your state Representative and Senator information will appear.
If HB859 passes the House, it will then be sent to the Senate to begin the process again. The bill will be read to the Senate, assigned to a Committee, heard in that committee and if agreed to, will go to the Senate Rules Committee and hopefully be assigned to the Senate Calendar for a floor vote in the Senate. We will notify you which committee it is assigned to and ask that you contact that committee’s members. We have no timeframe as to when the bill will be assigned to a committee at this time.
This morning, our other bill was dropped into the House Hopper. It is HB1060, which is outlined in our Current Bills section and can be read in its entirety at the link above.
We need tocontact both our Representatives and Senators. Our Representatives now on HB859 and HB1060 and hopefully our Senators after Monday’s vote on the House Floor of HB859.
September 17th, 2015
GeorgiaCarry.Org has asked the City of Haralson, Georgia, to remove its “No Guns” signs after a city official informed a GeorgiaCarry.Org member that she would be arrested if she continued carrying a gun in the City of Haralson Park. The reason given was the presence of “children in the park.”
GeorgiaCarry.Org’s letter can be viewed here.
In response to the letter, the City Attorney has advised the City of Haralson that nobody should be arrested in response to the signage in the park. He is also looking into removal of the signs. We will provide you an update when it is available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.