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I got to speak with the sherriff. While talking about concealed carry
around the county, 2 things stand out that he said:

"It doesn't matter, once there are 10 or more people around, you can't legally carry then, because it is then considered a public gathering"

When I pressed him about that, he said that was a Fed law, so nothing he could do about it.


Second thing was about WMA's (Wildlife Management Area), and that you can always carry legally there. I have'nt found were I saw it yet, but I thought WMA's were off limits.

:cry:

Anyway's, any thoughts on that?
 

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Public Gathering is a word found in GA law, not Federal. Federal laws have absolutly nothing to do with it. Federal off-limits places are, federal buildings (post office), schools, and national parks. That is for people with or without a permit issued by the state. He is confused.

Georgia Code 27-3-1.1

It shall be unlawful for any person on any wildlife management area owned or operated by the department:
(1) To possess a firearm during a closed hunting season for that area unless such firearm is unloaded and stored in a motor vehicle so as not to be readily accessible;

(2) To possess a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle during a legal open hunting season for that area;

(5) To target practice, except where an authorized shooting range is made available by the department, and then only in a manner consistent with the rules for shooting ranges promulgated by the board;
So if by "carry" he meant off-season, unloaded, and left in your car then I guess so.

Georgia Code 27-3-6

It shall be unlawful for any person to possess any center-fire or rimfire firearm while hunting with a bow and arrow during archery or primitive weapons season for deer or while hunting with a muzzleloading firearm during a primitive weapons season for deer.
So you can carry on your person during deer season when modern rifles are allowed.

Any other time it is pretty much a no-no. [-(
 

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Kid Icarus said:
"It doesn't matter, once there are 10 or more people around, you can't legally carry then, because it is then considered a public gathering"

. . . he said that was a Fed law, so nothing he could do about it.
:shock:

Oh, well . . .

I might suggest sending him the public gathering opinion by the Attorney with a politely worded, friendly note thanking him for the information he gave during your conversation and giving him the results of your research that his comments motivated . . .

Ever been to a shopping mall with less than 10 people in it?

How about a McDonalds?
 

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I should be going back by the courthouse (his main office is in there)
on Friday. If he is there I will see if he will talk to me, if he is not, the
clerks have a policy to leave anything for him on his desk. I will have a nice package to leave for him.

I know a LOT of folks he knows, and he knows a LOT of folks I know
personally. And this IS a small town/county....
 

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I would suggest writing him a note enclosing the authority rather than talking to him. This will give him time to come to the truth on his own, rather than merely trading your opinion for his own, which most people are justifiably reluctant to do.
 
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