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Fayette eyes ban on guns, slingshots in all rec areas
Tue, 05/08/2007 - 5:17pmBy: John Thompson
Slingshots and otherwise legally permitted firearms could soon be banned as illegal in solidly Republican Fayette County’s parks.

That’s part of a county ordinance that would restrict residents carrying weapons into Fayette’s parks and recreation areas. But the ordinance could face a long uphill legal battle.

The ordinance on the agenda at tomorrow night’s County Commission meeting would also prohibit the use of fireworks in the county’s parks, historic sites and recreation areas. But the issue that is likely to come under legal fire is Section 14.2 of the proposed ordinance.

The section stipulates that it shall be unlawful for any person to possess any firearms, bows and arrows, spring guns, air rifles, slingshots or any other device that discharges projectiles, unless the device is unloaded and stored so it’s not readily accessible or unless the use has been approved by the Fayette County Commission.

However, state law already allows the carrying of a firearm â€" including a loaded handgun â€" by any person with a state permit in such areas.

Fayette commissioners need only look to neighboring Coweta County’s adoption of a similar ordinance, which is already involved in litigation.

Last year, Coweta County passed an ordinance that prohibits firearms, air (or spring-loaded) rifles/pistols, fireworks, and any device firing or propelling a projectile in the county’s recreation facilities, sports fields, or any surrounding areas that are the property of the county.

The Coweta ordinance also stipulates that a violation shall be punished as a misdemeanor in the same manner as are other ordinances of the county with a fine of not more than $1,000 and a maximum term in the county jail of not more than six months.

The county is being sued by resident Edward Stone and Georgiacarry.org, a gun rights advocacy group.

In the complaint filed in Coweta County Superior Court, the plaintiffs cited a section of the Official Code of Georgia 16-11-173 as one of the foundations for the lawsuit.

In section (b)(1) the code reads:

â€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.â€

When told about Fayette’s proposed ordinance, Georgiacarry.org’s attorney John Monroe was very succinct in his opinion.

“That ordinance would be pre-empted by state law,†he said.

Currently, Monroe said, he knows of eight counties in Georgia that have enacted similar ordinances. Two counties have voluntarily repealed the ordinance and the other counties are having discussions with the gun rights group. Currently, Coweta County is the only county involved in court litigation.

“There are only three areas local governments can regulate firearms: The carrying of weapons by employees, the requirement of ownership by the head of a household and the limiting of discharging firearms within its jurisdiction,†the attorney added.

In the lawsuit with Coweta County, Monroe is asking for the ordinance to be voided.

Coweta County answered the complaint in late February by maintaining its ordinance is not pre-empted by the state statute.


Fayette County’s discussion of the ordinance is at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at the administration building on Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville.
 

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Spread this one around . . . keepandbeararms.com, packing, THR, GT, combatcarry, ar15, opencarry.org, &c.

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Coweta County answered the complaint in late February by maintaining its ordinance is not pre-empted by the state statute.
Maybe a mandatory reading comprehension course for Coweta County officials is in order so they don't throw anymore taxpayers money away on needless litigation. :)
 

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We are about to give them an instructional course.

Keep your eyes peeled this week.
 

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Good article. I wish I could make the meeting but I am on daddy duty for the night......unless you want a crazy three year old boy running around the meeting with two nickle Colt cap pistols and a GCO button on his Spagetti stained shirt! :twisted:
 

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... three year old boy running around the meeting with two nickle Colt cap pistols and a GCO button on his Spagetti stained shirt! :twisted:
Member in training!!
 

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:righton:

It also helps having proactive folks on the commission boards.
 

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Ned and GeorgiaGlocker, sorry, guys, for editing your post, but GCO email messages are really intended to be for members only. No harm, no foul this time around, but sometimes the emails contain sensitive information that is not intended to be disseminated generally outside of the membership.

The reason for a mild confidentiality policy is to foster the ability of the officers to communicate freely with the members via email without any major concerns that sensitive information will be broadcast to those who would do the organization and its activities harm.

Thanks!
 

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I'm glad GCO is getting some name recognition out there. In order to move on to the bigger and better things I'm sure they have planned, gaining a little "street cred" can only help.

Occasionally, people crumble when faced with facts and logical arguments... and, like in this case, it's good to hear.


And why don't I get any emails? I have my GCO confirmation letter and everything :(
 

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And why don't I get any emails? I have my GCO confirmation letter and everything :(
You're not? :shock:

Please PM ICP_Juggalo with your name, GCO number, and your proper email address.
 

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Nobody submitted the news story to keepandbeararms.com?
 
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