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.
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 The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get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.
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.
Today, April 23, 2014 at approximately 1:00 PM, Governor Nathan Deal signed HB60 into law with around 500 people (mostly GCO Members) in attendance. After the signing, all were treated to a BBQ lunch courtesy of Speaker Ralston. Speaker Ralston stated the attendance at this signing ceremony was much larger than any he had attended. There were many news media from all around the country and at least one international news media represented.
Looking on as Governor Nathan Deal signs HB60 is from left to right – Chairman John Meadows, Representative Mandi Ballinger, Representative Dusty Hightower, Representative Timothy Barr, Representative Emory Dunahoo, Representative Rick Jasperse and Speaker David Ralston. The bluish green tie next to Speaker Ralston belongs to Chairman Alan Powell.
HB60 has an effective date of July 1, 2014. Thanks to all who attended and those who spent a lot of time and effort contacting your elected officials in order to get this bill signed. This is a great day for freedom.
It is no longer necessary to call Governor Deal concerning HB60. Below is an invitation GCO received from Speaker David Ralston for all members of GCO to attend the signing of HB60. The invitation below is self explanatory.
On behalf of the bill sponsors and myself, I would like to invite you and your membership to Ellijay next Wednesday, April 23rd, at the ETC Pavilion on the Coosawattee River where Governor Deal will sign House Bill 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014. The bill signing ceremony begins at noon. After that, a BBQ lunch will be served open to those who can join us.
The address for the ETC Pavilion can be found below. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you and everyone in Ellijay next week.
What: Bill Signing Ceremony for HB 60, The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014
When: Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Who: Speaker Ralston
Governor Nathan Deal
Members of the General Assembly
Where: ETC Pavilion on the Coosawattee River
255 Legion Road
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
Click here for a link to the Google Map
Thanks for all your efforts to get HB60 signed. After the bill is signed on Wednesday, we will have to wait until July 1, 2014 for the bill to take effect. Founding Board Member and Atlanta Gun Rights Examiner Ed Stone is planning a series of articles explaining what HB60 does for the people of GA from a layman’s terms so we can be prepared when the bill becomes law. We will also have a session at the 6th Annual GCO Convention on August 16.
Hope to see many of you at the ceremony!
Now that they have lost their fight in the legislature, Moms Demand Action are acting like old news is new to try to convince the public to ask the governor to veto HB 60.
The Moms have been trying for weeks to somebody, anybody, to agree with them that felons do not deserve to live. One of the Moms’ mavens, Melinda Ennis Roughton, has sought in vain to convince people that HB 60 “expands” self defense rights to felons, apparently believing that felons do not deserve to use a basic human right, the right to defend oneself. She found support in the most incredible place, the AJC, whose managing editor is one Bert Roughton (yes, they are husband and wife). The AJC reports today that a senate study “revealed” that under HB 60, felons can lawfully defend themselves. Of course, neither of the Roughtons speak in terms of “self defense.” They prefer the more (in their eyes) inflammatory “stand your ground.” The AJC’s story claims that even HB 60 supporters did not always know what the bill does, citing GCO’s Jerry Henry as saying the bill does nothing that is not already the law in other states.
The problem with the AJC article and the Roughton party line is that they have not bothered to address the fact that felons in all states have the right to defend themselves, and (horrors!) have no duty to retreat in most states. Such is the case in Georgia, and always has been the case in Georgia. It is not new. The AJC article would have readers believe the Sen. Bill Heath misstated the facts when he said HB 60 does not expand “stand your ground” for felons. In fact, Sen. Heath was correct. HB 60 does not expand the lack of a duty to retreat at all. The lack of such a duty already extends statewide to all people.
The confusion suffered by the Roughtons is that they do not seem to understand the difference between a defense against criminal charges and immunity from those charges. All people, including felons, have always had the right to defend themselves, and to claim self defense in a criminal trial against them. If this were not the case, state prison inmates would be obligated to submit to all manor of attacks, including rapes, beatings, and murder, just because the Moms don’t think they should have the right to fight back.
On the other hand, immunity from prosecution means a person cannot be made to stand trial in the first place (if, in this case, he lawfully defends himself). The current immunity statute limits application of immunity so that a person cannot claim it if he did not legally possess a weapon he used to defend himself. This means that a license holder who saw a crime taking place on a college campus and used a firearm to stop it could not claim immunity from prosecution, because he did not legally possess the firearm on a college campus. The person could, however, still claim self defense at a trial. And, yes, Moms, it also means a felon can never claim immunity when he uses a firearm in self defense, because he cannot legally possess a firearm.
The problem with this legal structure is that it costs the state a lot of money to determine if self defense was valid. The state can charge the self-defender with some crime (murder, aggravated assault, whatever fits the situation). In a different situation, the person could claim immunity and the court would have a hearing up front to determine if self defense was validly used. But, when the person cannot claim immunity, the state has to try the defender, who after the state rests can introduce evidence of the self defense and have the case thrown out. Meanwhile, though, the state just burned up several weeks of judicial resources that could have been used somewhere else. Only because the person cannot claim immunity.
So, what HB 60 does is allow people to claim immunity even if they did not legally possess the weapon at the time. If they did not legally use self defense, they still will be convicted. If they legally used self defense, they will not. Nothing changes. it just makes more efficient use of our resources.
And, notice that “stand your ground” has nothing to do with it? It still applies whether a person legally possessed a weapon or not, just as it always has.
If anyone is keeping score, we continue to get local, national and international news concerning our efforts to get HB60 passed. So far, we have had articles printed about us in the Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), Frankfurter Allgeeine Zeitung (German print only), NY Times, LA Times, Chattanooga Free Press, USA Today, Georgia Public Broadcast, AJC, and the CBC (Canada) to name most of them. We have been contacted by a video crew from the Guardian (UK) that is planning on coming down and filming portions of the 6th Annual Convention in August. John Monroe, GCO Life Member and Vice President has also appeared on a Canadian TV program to discuss HB60.
For those who might be getting concerned about Governor Deal signing HB60, here is some history covering GCO’s gun bills that have been passed and signed into law in the past. Hopefully this will ease some apprehension about whether or not he will sign it.
In 2008, HB89, the “Business Security and Employee Privacy Act” was authored by our friend, Representative Tim Bearden. The House and Senate adopted the Conference Committee Report on April 4. It was sent to Governor Sonny Perdue on April 14 and signed on May 14, some 30 days later.
In 2010, SB308, the “Common Sense Lawful Carry Act” was authored by our friend, Senator Mitch Seabaugh. The House and Senate adopted the Conference Committee Report on April 29. It was sent to Governor Sonny Perdue on May 13 and signed on Jun 4, some 22 days later.
This year, HB60 the “Safe Carry Protection Act” was authored by our friend, Representative Rick Jasperse. The House agreed to the Senate substitute on March 20. The bill was sent to Governor Nathan Deal on March 26. That being the case, the governor has until May 5, to sign, veto or allow it to pass without his signature. As of this time, it has also been in his office or on his desk for 16 days.
So, please don’t get too caught up in the delay with Governor Deal signing the bill. There is still plenty of time without having to worry.
But, we must continue contacting Governor Deal until he takes action on HB60.