In a rush right now, but just wanted to say I enjoyed dinner with you guys.
and a quick overview for those who didn't make it.
We were all impressed by the full house. The police said the turnout was so good they are scheduling another session in January...
It was NOT a "only police should carry, you will get hurt, buy pepper spray" seminar. I thought it was pretty good. Covered safe handling, safe storage of firearms. a quick walkthru of the laws (fairly accurate, but they did downplay the "signs have no weight") They did cover taser and pepperspray, but almost as an afterthought. majority of the time was about firearms. Good job Marietta!
I thought the crowd was impressive also, They thought that 20 people would show up, I'd say a rough estimate would be at 150 people. It was a well done general safety class, which touched on some of the laws and the Sgt. did a good job holding the attention of the audience. I found a few items unsettling. After the seminar they had an individual Q & A. There were 2 Firearm instructors and the Sgt taking questions. Here is some of what I heard directed to the Instructors:
Q-Is it legal to open carry.
A- No not in the state of Ga, wait hold on, hey (to the other instructor) is it legal to open carry? I don't think so, Hey Sgt it ok to open carry .. Yes.
Q-If i get a permit in Cobb County can I carry all through GA?
A- I don't know Hey Sgt if you have a permit issued in Cobb can you carry in Cherokee County?
Sgt- Yes you can
In another instance I over heard the instructors telling three women
If you have a permit you can carry publicly, he went on to list places and included the building we were in (City Hall Council Chambers).
When I asked the Sgt about it being against the law to open carry he told me no and that you did not need a license and that its been that way since the 1800's. You only need it to conceal (he did slip with calling it a CC license)
Needles to say , I did discreetly hand out some GCO cards to a few folks.
My criticisms are not meant to knock down Marietta Police in their attempt to inform the community. They took a good first step in my opinion. What I intend to do is email the Sgt and politely inform him of some of the misinformation that was given out.
What I would like to see in the next seminar is a little more emphasis on the correct laws the next time around.
I am going to try and scan the package they handed out and have a link posted to the location.