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 The signing of SB308 repealed Georgia's 140 year old Public Gathering statute, expanded the number of places a license holder could carry and expanded the number of people qualified to get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

GCO Attends SC Governor Haley’s Ceremonial Signing of Reciprocity Bill

August 25th, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 a ceremonial signing of SC HB 3799 was held in North Augusta, SC.  In attendance via invitation was GCO Executive Director, Jerry Henry, State Representative Alan Powell along with several GCO members including, State Representative Rick Jasperse, Mike Poss and several other state representatives whose district borders South Carolina.  Jerry Henry presented Governor Nikki Haley and SC State Representative Bill Hixon with GCO’s Good Neighbor Award for signing and sponsoring the bill.

L-R, GA State Representative Alan Powell, SC State Representative Bill Hixon, SC Governor Nikki Haley and Jerry Henry.

This was a ceremonial signing.  HB 3799 has been in effect since 06/03/16.

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The Gun Runners Ride Again!

July 20th, 2016

GeorgiaCarry.Org is proud to announce the resurgence of the first ever GCO endorsed membership affiliate club, the “Gun Runners” Motorcycle Riders Club.

GCO Member Jud Kidney has taken the reigns as the Gun Runners Motorcycle Riders Clun Coordinator.  Jud is currently making plans for a group ride to occure late summer/early fall and will be contacting current Gun Runners members with details when they are finalized.

The “Gun Runners” primary mission is to spread the word about responsible carry by riders and to promote GeorgiaCarry.Org within the motorcycle rider’s community. We have no dues, no initiation, no meetings, or any of the other complications of more organized clubs.  The only requirement for Gun Runners membership is your GCO membership.   What we do have is a passion for our Second Amendment rights and a love to ride.   The Gun Runners  welcome all riders on all sorts of motorcycles.  No matter if you ride a trike, cruiser, sport bile, enduro or hog.   Heck we even accept Gold Wing riders (*with a character reference).   If you are interested in joining the Gun Runners, please email Jud Kidney at gunrunners@georgiacarry.org

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Sharing the love!

July 7th, 2016

From time to time, we like to share some of the correspondence we receive from some of the gun prohibitionists.  Why they take the time to write to us is unknown and only reinforces our beliefs that we are doing what’s right by standing up for our second amendment rights.  Your Executive Director appeared on MSNBC on July 4th.  Just after the show was over, he received the following email from a M Woodward from the Boston, MA area:

Just saw you. Are all of you gun nuts clowns? You seem to be. As a victim of gun violence, as well as many of my friends, you disgust me with your stupid 1799 mentality! You want arms, get a musket! It never said anything specifically about a gun in the constitution, moron! I hope not, but what if your kids are victims of a mass shooting? I know, just more guns, right?
It’s time to look out for Americans and not just your own self interests, 33,000 people die a year in this country because of fools like you having easy access to guns. That’s like having 11 9/11’s a year or a Vietnam. And tens of thousands more get shot and are disabled. Damaged for life.
You are the worst type of American we have in this country. So what if you’re a vet, I am too. The NRA is a terrorist Organization and people like you are the terrorists. You want to make it super easy for any wanna be terrorist or any sick individual just to walk in and buy any gun they want. Shame on you! You are an embarrassment to this country! Thanks to people like you, the whole world thinks we are idiots, and that is why ISIS tells their followers to act out in this country because of our weak gun laws. That’s exactly why Orlando happened. Their blood is on the hands of people like you, not to mention all those 6-year-old kids in Connecticut and the many other places.
Please leave this country, sir!
He received an email stating, “Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments!”
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South Carolina Governor Haley Signs GA Reciprocity Bill!

June 3rd, 2016

This morning, South Carolina Governor Haley signed SC H3799 into law, recognizing our GWL’s in South Carolina.  The bill is effective upon her signing so we now have reciprocity.

Please remember to check out the SC laws before carrying there and remember that they only allow concealed carry.

This is great news as we can now carry in all our neighboring states!!!

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New policy to take effect at Atlanta Airport, June 1, 2016.

May 24th, 2016

Please read and heed this media advisory from the US Attorney of North GA!  Share it will all your friends and acquaintances.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
A RESOLUTION
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.
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