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I don't live in Woodstock, although I'm close. While browsing Municode for firearm regs for discharding a firearm I ran across the following (bold is mine):

Sec. 58-32. Discharging firearms.
No person shall shoot or fire any firearms such as pistols or shotguns, except law enforcement officers in the execution of their duty and/or persons participating in special events held in accordance with a valid city permit. No firearms shall be pointed toward any person while such firearms are either loaded or unloaded. No loaded firearms shall be carried on the streets, except in the case of law enforcement officers.
(Code 1989, § 11-1-2)
The bolded section sounds like it is contrary to state law...yes? No provision made for GFL holders.
 

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Oh damn!

:shock:

I'll start drafting a letter to the city attorney. I don't live in Woodstock, but family does and I do live in the county.
 

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mzmtg said:
Oh damn!

:shock:

I'll start drafting a letter to the city attorney. I don't live in Woodstock, but famioly does and I do live in the county.
LOL...Me tooo, I am in Acworth, Dad and Bro are in Woodstock...This is shocking...What do GCO members have to say??? (I'll be a GCO member soon)
 

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You might ought simply to call the city solicitor and see if they even enforce this law?
 

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This is an exerpt from the article that started my search:
Jeremy Earl Hawkins, 27, of Woodstock, was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm near the roadway, discharging a firearm while intoxicated, reckless conduct and disorderly conduct, the report said.
I was interested in Cherokee County and Woodstock ordinances on discharging firearms.
 

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I decided to start with a letter to GCO. I wasn't happy with what I was coming up with on my own.
 

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Folks, we need to know if they even enforce it. Ordinances and laws can be on the books but not enforced.

If you take a look at the brief, you will see that the first step in the facts section is a call to the solicitor's office.
 

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I just left a voice mail with the city manager.

http://www.woodstockga.gov/index.asp?nid=67

103 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock, GA 30188
Tel: Jim: 770-592-6000
Sandi: 770-592-6001
Fax: 770-926-1375

Jim Gleason, City Manager

Sandi McBride, Administrative Assistant

The City Manager is charged with preparing and submitting Woodstock’s Annual Operating Budget; keeping the Council apprized of the City’s financial and operational status; submitting reports and recommendations to the City Council; ensuring all City Ordinances and Resolutions are implemented and enforced; and hires all Department Directors.
 

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I just got a call back from Mr. Gleason. He was very nice and seemed very willing to get any conflicts resolved. He wasn't personally familiar with either the ordinance or its enforcement, but said he would get in touch with the chief of police and legal counsel to see what might need to be done.

He also mentioned that he carries. BUT, he said he carries on a Florida non-res permit. I suggested that he continue chekcing with his legal team because he would need to get a GFL to be legal as a GA resident.

So, this is going well so far. :)
 

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mzmtg said:
He also mentioned that he carries. BUT, he said he carries on a Florida non-res permit. I suggested that he continue chekcing with his legal team because he would need to get a GFL to be legal as a GA resident.
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Unaware of it?

Good sign! :D

Showing up is 90% of the battle, and that is what your phone call was.
 

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I got another call back from Mr. Gleason. He spoke with the chief and ,after reviewing the ordinance and state code, realized that the ordinance was clearly preempted. The chief is apparently new to the job and wasn't familiar with GA gun laws. They talked with some more experienced officers and they knew that the ordinance was preempted, it was just never changed. They also said that the ordinance had never been enforced anyway.

Actually, they were under the impression that no permit was required for open carry, only for concealed.

Mr. Gleason thanked me for bringing the matter to his attention and said he was going to get the ball rolling to get the ordinance updated. I let him know that I would be keeping my eye on the published city council agendas and thanked him for taking such quick action.
 

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Holy shiate, this is becoming a very productive proactive group...Great Job Man!!!
Wow! Just started the chang to a town ordinance in a matter of hours... :shock:
 

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Actually, they were under the impression that no permit was required for open carry, only for concealed.
This could work in our favor in regards to getting an open carry law on the books.
 

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mzmtg said:
I got another call back from Mr. Gleason. He spoke with the chief and ,after reviewing the ordinance and state code, realized that the ordinance was clearly preempted. The chief is apparently new to the job and wasn't familiar with GA gun laws. They talked with some more experienced officers and they knew that the ordinance was preempted, it was just never changed. They also said that the ordinance had never been enforced anyway.

Actually, they were under the impression that no permit was required for open carry, only for concealed.

Mr. Gleason thanked me for bringing the matter to his attention and said he was going to get the ball rolling to get the ordinance updated. I let him know that I would be keeping my eye on the published city council agendas and thanked him for taking such quick action.
Good Job, mzmtg! :D
 

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slabertooch said:
mzmtg said:
Actually, they were under the impression that no permit was required for open carry, only for concealed.
This could work in our favor in regards to getting an open carry law on the books.
A lot of LEOs think this. Not a bad thing for them to think . . .
 

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Might explain why I haven't been hassled down here in Allbenny. Heck I carried in the Mall last night, less than a week after a guy got shot there, no one even batted an eye. The teenagers did get a little google eyed.
 
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