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Member Georgia Carry
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The City of LaGrange needs to get a wakeup call. Are they that backwoods ignorant of state law?

They have an ordinance regulating the carrying of weapons, contrary to state preemption law.

Looks like they are also infringing on First Amendment filming in a public area, contrary to Federal law.



"(9)No picket shall carry any instrument or device or weapon of any kind, nor shall any picket carry any camera for the purpose of photographing the customers or patrons of any place proposed to be picketed, without the consent of such customer or patron to be photographed, but nothing in this paragraph shall prevent said picket from carrying such banner or sign as may comply with the ordinances of the city relating thereto."

Also, Georgia has knife preemption, and they have unlawful ordinances regarding that as well:


Finally, the Sweetland Amphitheatre, which is owned and operated by the City has a ban on all weapons:


The amphitheatre has a general lawn section, which could not possibly be considered a "government building".

And even the portion with constructed seating is very likely not a "government building" per OCGA 16-11-127.

Anyone in LaGrange want to contact the City?

Should this be a job for GA2A?
 

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Member Georgia Carry
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I will contribute $50 for JRM's time in writing them a stern letter. Anyone else willing to contribute something? Especially those of you in LaGrange?
 

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LaGrange's been on carrying knives while at a picket or protest is almost certainly illegal,
I don't believe that the picketer / protest angle changes the fact of full legislative preemption of their ability to regulate the carrying of weapons. But all liberals, all Democrats and some of the more statist law and order Republican types would say that a knife ban at a picket a protest is not a restriction on weapons, but rather a restriction on protesting They would say it's a First Amendment issue and the weapons preemption law doesn't even apply.
 

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As to the City owned music venue, are you sure that it is not leased to a private management company?

I noticed that their website ends with a ".com" not a " .gov"

If it's public property that is treated like private property per the Atlanta botanical Garden's case, we could have a problem. Most free-market, capitalist, Republican businessmen believe that if they lease property --even if they lease it from a government entity--- they as private actors get absolute unfettered authority to decide who can enter that property and how they can behave while they are there.
 

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The amphitheater is owned and operated by the City.

And their ban on carrying at protests also includes firearms.
 

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Anyone here live in that area?
 
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