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from Forsythnew.com...

http://www.forsythnews.com/section/5/article/6831/

A hearing on a proposal to allow certain weapons at public gatherings in Forsyth County parks drew no reaction Thursday. (Thursday, Dec 4)
“The primary reason for the modification is specifically with respect with firearms,†he said. “The [state] law has changed ... with respect to firearm introduction at parks. Therefore, we need to make sure that our ordinances reflect to the state law.â€
 

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The way to bring their ordinances in line is to simply take them off the books...

O.C.G.A. § 16-11-173
Legislative findings; preemption of local regulation and lawsuits; exceptions


(a)(1) It is declared by the General Assembly that the regulation of firearms is properly an issue of general, state-wide concern.

(2) The General Assembly further declares that the lawful design, marketing, manufacture, and sale of firearms and ammunition to the public is not unreasonably dangerous activity and does not constitute a nuisance per se.

(b)(1) No county or municipal corporation, by zoning or by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, shall regulate in any manner gun shows; the possession, ownership, transport, carrying, transfer, sale, purchase, licensing, or registration of firearms or components of firearms; firearms dealers; or dealers in firearms components.

(2) The authority to bring suit and right to recover against any firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association, or dealer by or on behalf of any governmental unit created by or pursuant to an Act of the General Assembly or the Constitution, or any department, agency, or authority thereof, for damages, abatement, or injunctive relief resulting from or relating to the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public shall be reserved exclusively to the state. This paragraph shall not prohibit a political subdivision or local government authority from bringing an action against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer or dealer for breach of contract or express warranty as to firearms or ammunition purchased by the political subdivision or local government authority.

(c) A county or municipal corporation may regulate the transport, carrying, or possession of firearms by employees of the local unit of government in the course of their employment with such local unit of government.

(d) Nothing contained in this Code section shall prohibit municipalities or counties by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, from requiring the ownership of guns by heads of households within the political subdivision.

(e) Nothing contained in this Code section shall prohibit municipalities or counties, by ordinance, resolution, or other enactment, from reasonably limiting or prohibiting the discharge of firearms within the boundaries of the municipal corporation or county.
 

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lakeman1:
December 4, 2010
10:45 p.m. It should be noted that any change in the weapons law would not apply to Corps of Engineers property at Lake Lanier. This includes lakeside parks leased by the county from the Corps. Weapons regulations on federal propery come under Code of Federal Regulations Title 36, section 327.13 and can be viewed at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2001/ ... 327.13.pdf
 

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It strikes me that in order to "allow certain weapons at public gatherings" we'd .... y'know have to have Public Gatherings in the first place?
 

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The "may change" part of the article's title is funny. As far as GA state law is concerned, it's a done deal with regard to firearms carry in Forsyth parks. It's been legal since SB308 with a GWL (or reciprocal permit).

Anyway, I wonder how they would react if a few permit holders OC'd in a park there before they get around to bringing their rules in line with state law? What are some of the nicer parks there? :)
 

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Yeah, this is retarded. State law already addresses the issue. What the county wants to do is irrelevant. CoffeeMate is right - just eliminate the ordinances and they're good to.
 

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The reporting is just bad. Ken Jarrard knows all about this issue. Years ago now we forced the county to change their parks ordinance. They didn't like, but they changed it to mirror the then 16-11-127 at the state level. Still technically a violation of 16-11-173, but since the language was identical, we let it go. Since then, 16-11-127 has changed again. Hopefully this time they will take our advice and simply repeal this part so that they don't have to continually go through this process over and over again.
 

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Bumping old thread.
Apparently Forsyth County eventually admitted that they can't regulate guns or ammo, but they kept the ban on other weapons.
See this sign, pic taken today at Fowler Park off Hwy 9.

The trouble is that since 2014, cities and counties cannot regulate any self defense weapons or tools either.
And they're quoting the now- repealed public gathering clause.

The County needs some new signs.
 

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Bumping old thread.
Apparently Forsyth County eventually admitted that they can't regulate guns or ammo, but they kept the ban on other weapons.
See this sign, pic taken today at Fowler Park off Hwy 9.

The trouble is that since 2014, cities and counties cannot regulate any self defense weapons or tools either.
And they're quoting the now- repealed public gathering clause.

The County needs some new signs.
I presume you notified them of the conflict with state law?

Nemo
 

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I went the other day, but left because of rain, and did not enter the festival. I was wearing my pistol in my uncovered OWB holster.

I can't go back again before the festival closes, but someone needs to go there OC'ing to show them their signs are not enforceable.

Who's game?


Edit: Aarg! I meant to put this in the thread about the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival, and had wondered where it went. :lol:
 

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I went the other day, but left because of rain, and did not enter the festival. I was wearing my pistol in my uncovered OWB holster.

I can't go back again before the festival closes, but someone needs to go there OC'ing to show them their signs are not enforceable.

Who's game?
Well we have proven Forysth County likes to not have Open Carry in parks even when its legal to do so.
 
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