SAF, FPC Sue Georgia County for Shutting Down Weapons Carry License Processing

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From the Second Amendment Foundation . . .

The Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition today filed suit in federal district court in Georgia, in a case alleging Cherokee County and Probate Court Judge Keith Wood have violated the constitutional rights of citizens by ordering that the county would not accept applications for Weapons Carry Licenses during the coronavirus outbreak.

SAF and FPC filed the action in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, on behalf of one of their members, Lisa Walters. According to the 16-page federal complaint, Walters’ husband contacted the probate court several days ago to inquire about her ability to obtain a carry license. The county informed Walters’ husband that the order to not accept license applications will remain in effect.

The case is known as Walters v. Wood. Plaintiffs are represented by attorney Adam Kraut of Sacramento, Calif.

“This is the most recent in a series of legal actions we’ve had to file around the country,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “because we’ve discovered that some officials have arbitrarily decided the COVID-19 crisis allows them to suspend the Constitutional rights of the citizens they serve. We’ve been stunned by this pattern because such actions are not permitted by the Constitution. Authorities may not, by decree or otherwise, enact or enforce a suspension or deprivation of constitutional liberties.”

FPC President Brandon Combs concurred, stating, “The Constitution explicitly protects the fundamental human right to bear arms, especially for self-defense. Governments cannot eliminate the right of law-abiding adults to carry handguns for self-defense in public, which is all the more pertinent in these troubled times. As the Supreme Court has already explained, the Constitution’s guarantee of the right to bear arms is especially important for self-defense in case of confrontation, and individuals must be allowed to exercise their rights outside their home.”

 

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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  1. avatar George from Alaska says:

    These are the only two organizations that I regularly give money to. I’m a NRA Life Member and apparently they will not refund my money. They have become functionally worthless.

    1. avatar Debbie W. says:

      I am also a NRA Life Member. I’m in through the good times and the bad times. Anything less would make me a fair weather friend. I understand the problems and i hear the complaints. I also hear Gun Control Zealots applauding those jumping ship.

  2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    an essential service.

  3. avatar GS650G says:

    In other news the NRA will cheer them on with a press release sometime next week.

    Didn’t someone here expand on how the NRA strikes fear in their hearts? the SAF and GOA need to expand and start building an organization that is bigger than NRA. Hire the people from the NRA that are actually doing the rights work and give them support.

    1. avatar Anymouse says:

      Where do you see GOA listed? This is the work of SAF and FPC. FPC earns my money.

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        It’s a general statement. GOA is one of many orgs taking a stand

  4. avatar NORDNEG says:

    This article is just another reason why we cannot lose the next presidential election to a Democrat,
    Other wise the 2-A people will lose everything.

  5. avatar Daniel S. says:

    This NEW WORLD ORDER push, using the pandemic has got to stop . . . 🇺🇸

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      The Democrats want to go full Pol Pot and return to a YEAR ZERO of 1856.

  6. avatar GS650G says:

    So they are denying applications to ask for permission to exercise a right.
    Have the newspapers and tv stations been told they are not to publish during these trying times?

  7. avatar Prndll says:

    A great many things could be so easily fixed with constitutional carry.

  8. avatar Will Drider says:

    I sent a Msg to SAF on Florida’s Dept of Agriculture refusal to accept and process applications for new Florid Weapons and Firearms License several weeks go. Haven’t seen or heard a word about it since. SAF had requested this type of information, and provided a Link for direct responses.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      My county (not in Florida) is not accepting applications for new concealed carry licenses, either. Last I checked the county website indicated that they were accepting renewal applications.

      I imagine Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition cannot file lawsuits fast enough.

    2. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      “I sent a Msg to SAF on Florida’s Dept of Agriculture refusal to accept and process applications for new Florid Weapons and Firearms License several weeks go.”

      Does anyone have an inside contact with the SAF?

      They are pulling the same shit on Florida…

  9. avatar KreebleN'Krag says:

    My Georgia Weapons Carry License arrived in the mail about 3 weeks before everything went to shit. That was way too close for comfort.

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    Since when are Constitutional rights “essential?”

  11. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I predict that the state or federal courts which have jurisdiction in this lawsuit will immediately dismiss it if Georgia has “constitutional” open carry.

    (The courts will proclaim that the Second Amendment only protects carrying arms openly and does protect carrying arms concealed. For the life of me I cannot find anything in the words of the Second Amendment that refer to open carry or concealed carry.)

    1. avatar Cornholio says:

      A license is required to open carry.

  12. avatar Joe Mama says:

    Georgiacarry.org has already been on the attack:

    GCO Files Second Suit Against Governor Kemp for Violations of Rights
    April 14th, 2020
    https://www.georgiacarry.org/cms/2020/04/14/gco-files-second-suit-against-governor-kemp-for-violations-of-rights/

    GCO Files Suit Against Governor Kemp For Inability to Obtain a GWL
    April 10th, 2020
    https://www.georgiacarry.org/cms/2020/04/10/gco-files-suit-against-governor-kemp-for-inability-to-obtain-a-gwl/

  13. avatar Jim says:

    One thing you can do if you use Amazon. Go to smile.amazon,com and register the SAF (spell it out) as the recipient of their charitable donations. Each time you purchase something, the SAF will get a donation. If a lot of people did this, they would get a nice influx of donations. It doesnt cost you anything.

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