GeorgiaCarry.Org is Georgia's No-compromise
Voice For Gun Owners.

GCO Believes...

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 The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get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.

Latest Information:

Court Dismisses Corps Case

May 10th, 2016

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 granted the Corps’ Motion to Dismiss. 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 as it relates to Army land. GCO is planning to appeal this decision. The order may be found here.


GCO Wins Botanical Gardens Appeal

May 10th, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the Supreme Court of Georgia reversed a ruling of the Fulton County Superior Court dismissing GCO’s lawsuit against the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. In the lawsuit, GCO and member Phillip Evans seek declaratory and injunctive relief against the Gardens because the Gardens claims to have the authority to ban guns on its property. The Gardens leases the property from the City of Atlanta, and state law prevents lessees of public property from banning weapons on such property. The opinion and other case documents may be found here.


Deal Announces Judicial Appointment

May 6th, 2016

On May 5, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointments of Dustin W. Hightower to a Superior Court judgeship within the Coweta Judicial Circuit. The appointment will take effect upon swearing in.

As most of you know, Dusty has been a very staunch supporter of GeorgiaCarry.Org and the Second Amendment.  He has made many great speeches both in committee meetings as well as from the well of the House floor.  He also worked behind the scenes to help us secure good legislation.  We owe a debt of gratitude to Dusty for his untiring efforts in protecting our rights.

Dusty reports he expects to be sworn in some time in June and that he and his family are excited to begin a new journey. While we will miss his support in the House of Representatives, we congratulate him on his appointment and wish him well in the future.

According to Newstalk 1330 WLBB in Carrolton, GA this morning, GCO’s first Legislator of the Year (2008), Tim Bearden will be seeking his old House Seat (District 68) when Dusty officially vacates the position. Tim preceded Dusty as the House Representative for District 68 having held office for 7 years from 2005 to 2011. Tim vacated this position upon his appointment in 2012 by Gov. Deal to be the Director of the GA Public Safety Training Center, a position he held for 3 years before resigning to return to private industry.

Tim has always felt he could serve the citizens best with conservative policy to grow Georgia economically while protecting their Constitutional rights, and it appears he is taking steps to fulfill his calling.


Governor Vetoes HB859 – Campus Carry Act of 2016

May 3rd, 2016

Today Governor Deal, with his veto of HB 859, the “campus carry” bill, has defied the will of the overwhelming majority of the Georgia Legislature.  He has also denied a basic constitutional right to law-abiding citizens, 21 years old and older, to protect themselves against violent crime in their chosen daily lives.  Perhaps most regrettably, his veto insults and demeans the adults on Georgia’s campuses – ‘I don’t trust you’ he is saying.  This veto does not even apply to the stereotypical freshman ‘frat’ boy who has been caricatured in this debate, but is too young to receive a Georgia Weapons License.  It does apply to the single mom working on her nursing certificate in night classes.  It does apply to the thirty year old graduate students and researchers working in the laboratories of Georgia Tech until the wee hours of the night and then commuting back to their two young children.  Yes, Governor Deal has demeaned and insulted these people and many others.  Instead, Governor Deal believes that the violent crime on our college campuses will be addressed by ordering the Chancellor to send him a report by August 1, 2016.  Those who would murder, assault, rape, and rob Georgia’s students are not going to be deterred by a report, by the occasional additional police presence, nor by a sign declaring a “gun free” zone.

Needless to say, GeorgiaCarry.Org has worked tirelessly for years on this legislation and we are obviously disappointed.  We will, however, not give up.  There will be an opportunity to override this veto in next year’s session.  There is an election this year in which the voters of Georgia can speak their mind with their votes.  There will be an opportunity in two years to elect a Governor who actually believes in the 2nd Amendment freedoms, and will put those beliefs into actions and not just words.  We will be back next year and every year thereafter – as long as it takes, to secure for law-abiding Georgians who happen to want an education, the rights enshrined in our Constitution.


House Resolution 1873 – Honoring GeorgiaCarry.Org

March 25th, 2016
House Resolution 1873
By: Representatives Powell of the 32nd, Meadows of the 5th, Jasperse of the 11th, Ballinger of the 23rd, Hightower of the 68th, and others
Honoring GeorgiaCarry.Org, Georgia’s eminent Second Amendment grassroots organization, and its members, Board of Directors, and officers for their outstanding efforts and contributions to the protection and expansion of the Second Amendment in Georgia; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, Dean Mallis, Ed Stone, James Camp, John Monroe, Matt Knighten, and Mike Menkus realized they shared the common goal of being able to exercise their Second Amendment rights as provided for in the United States and Georgia Constitutions and founded GeorgiaCarry.Org; and
WHEREAS, GeorgiaCarry.Org was formed in 2006 and became a 501(4) nonprofit organization in 2007 as a result of the aforementioned men meeting and deciding to change the laws pertaining to the Second Amendment in Georgia; and
WHEREAS, Georgia was the 39th most restrictive state in the union in allowing its law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights of keeping and bearing arms; and
WHEREAS, Georgia had more places off limits, which prohibited law-abiding citizens from defending themselves from harm; and
WHEREAS, Georgia’s firearm laws were still operating under the Public Gathering Jim Crow laws and had been since 1870; and
WHEREAS, GeorgiaCarry.Org set out to hold state and local municipalities responsible for abiding by state laws through litigation; and
WHEREAS, in 2007, GeorgiaCarry.Org made its presence known to the Georgia General Assembly by lobbying for and against firearms legislation brought forth by other organizations; and
WHEREAS, GeorgiaCarry.Org’s testimony was very well received due to the knowledge of the gun laws in Georgia as compared to other states and the demeanor of the leadership of the organization; and
WHEREAS, it met with pro-Second Amendment Representatives and Senators and determined and followed a systematic approach to dismantling the laws that infringe on the Second Amendment; and
WHEREAS, in 2008, following the guidelines suggested by pro-Second Amendment Representatives and Senators, GeorgiaCarry.Org lobbied for HB 89 and was successful in passing the first pro-Second Amendment omnibus gun bill in Georgia’s history; and
WHEREAS, in 2010, GeorgiaCarry.Org lobbied SB 308 and was successful in passing the bill that repealed the public gathering law, replacing the vague Jim Crow language with a list of places that are off limits; and
WHEREAS, in 2014, GeorgiaCarry.Org lobbied for HB 60 and was successful in passing the bill that became known worldwide as the “Guns Everywhere Bill,” the largest omnibus gun bill in the history of Georgia; and
WHEREAS, in 2015, GeorgiaCarry.Org lobbied for and was successful in passing HB 492, an omnibus bill that redefined Zero Tolerance in public schools and clarified other portions of firearms statutes; and

WHEREAS, in 2016, GeorgiaCarry.Org lobbied for and was successful in passing HB 859, the Campus Carry Act, which allowed for concealed firearms on Georgia campuses; and

WHEREAS, now in its 10th year, GeorgiaCarry.Org has become one of the most outstanding organizations in Georgia and has gained the respect of the General Assembly by respecting its members and by being knowledgeable on gun issues; and
WHEREAS, GeorgiaCarry.Org should be used as the model for organizations that wish to organize and participate in state government policy making.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body honor GeorgiaCarry.Org and its members, Board of Directors, and officers for their outstanding efforts and contributions to the protection and expansion of the Second Amendment in Georgia.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to GeorgiaCarry.Org and its members, Board of Directors, and officers.

Governor Deal Back Pedaling on Campus Carry HB859

March 15th, 2016

Yesterday, the governor issued the below press release.

Deal calls on General Assembly to address “campus carry” concerns


The governor’s office released the following statement in response to “campus carry” legislation passed by the General Assembly:

“As a lifetime defender and staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, Gov. Deal has signed every pro-gun bill to reach his desk. However, he believes legitimate points have been made in regards to certain aspects of the ‘campus carry’ bill and he calls on the General Assembly to address these concerns in related legislation before Sine Die. Specifically, these areas of concern include dually enrolled k-12 students who leave school to attend classes at a university or technical college campus, as well as daycare centers on these same campuses. Deal also believes the governing boards of universities and technical colleges should have the discretion to set reasonable rules regarding disciplinary hearings and faculty and administrative offices. Addressing these issues is an important step in ensuring the safety and freedoms of students, faculty and staff in our institutions of higher learning throughout our state.”

Jen Talaber Ryan

Obviously, life long defenders of the Second Amendment do not undercut legislation that promotes your Second Amendment rights.  Seems the Governor, like many politicians, “support the Second Amendment, but….”  There is no “BUT” in the Second Amendment.  It appears that the Governor has switched sides and now agrees with the Soros/Bloomberg/Pelosi groups in their fight against the Second Amendment.
We need you to call your Senator and the Governor as well as fill up their email boxes and tell them to sign HB859. Here are some points we need to make.  Feel free to pick and choose or use all if you desire.

  • In Georgia’s 240-year history as a state, it never has been a crime to carry a gun in day care centers.  Day care centers have a much lower crime rate than colleges.  We’re just trying to make colleges as safe as day care centers already are — it would not make sense now for the first time to criminalize carrying at day care centers.
  • High school students already are around guns.  GA has a robust youth shooting program which conservatively breaks down as:
    • 135 High school rifle teams
    • 520 JROTC high school rifle teams
    • 139 Counties with 4-H shooting teams – rifles and shotguns
    • Over 100,000 Boy Scout participating in Boy Scout programs
    • There are estimated over 200,000 students participating in the above programs and there are many other programs in the state that are run by churches and other entities.
  • It is already legal to carry in many other places where high school students are commonly found (restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, parks, festivals).
  • It is already legal to carry in high schools when picking up and dropping off a student.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people are exempt from the prohibition against carrying in K-12 (people in the military, police, judges, court clerks, etc.)

To email the governor, you must go here and fill out the form.

Governor’s Phone Number – 404-656-1776
As always, please be polite when asking for your elected official’s support.  Thanks to all of you.  Our work is not yet complete and now we have to fight someone who has previously stated he supported the Second Amendment but has apparently changed his mind.

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.

HB859 – Campus Carry Bill on Senate Floor – March 11, 2016

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.


HB859 in Senate Judiciary Committee

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.


HB859 Set for House Floor Vote – 02/22/16

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.