GeorgiaCarry.org, a nonprofit organization, maintains that county and municipal firearms ordinances conflict with a Georgia state preemption law, which says that the General Assembly has the sole power to make laws on where weapons may be carried in Georgia.
Handwritten letters, dated Jan. 18, from James Camp of Temple, a GeorgiaCarry.org founder and recent state Senate candidate, were hand-delivered to Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner and Carroll County Commission Chairman Marty Smith.
In the letter to Garner, Camp challenges a city ordinance prohibiting firearms on the GreenBelt trail and another which says firearms cannot be carried by parade participants.
The letter to Smith challenges a county ordinance which says the commission chairman, in times of local disasters or emergencies, can suspend the sale, distribution, dispensing or transportation of firearms, alcoholic beverages, explosives and combustible products and can close businesses which sell them.
Both city and county officials said the charges in the letters are being reviewed by their attorneys.
“Our attorney is looking at it and we'll get legal advice,” said Carrollton City Manager Casey Coleman. “We’ll get back with him (Camp) and give him an answer. At this time, I don’t know what the answer is.”
Smith said the county attorney was present when Camp delivered the letter.
“She is reviewing it and I’ll follow up,” Smith said.
The letters ask for a response within 30 days and said the organization welcomes the “opportunity to work cooperatively where we can accomplish this task in an efficient manner which does not require legal action and not burden taxpayers.”
GeorgiaCarry.org has filed legal challenges against similar ordinances in several other locations and has been successful in many cases in getting the laws removed, according to the organization’s website.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 7 declined to hear a GeorgiaCarry.org challenge of the Georgia law which forbids firearms in churches.
GeorgiaCarry.org also lobbied heavily for House Bill 89, which was signed into law in 2008 by then Gov. Sonny Perdue. It extended rights of gun owners to carry weapons at restaurants, state parks, public transportation and public parking lots.