Second Amendment advocates from all over the state are gathering in Cobb County this weekend for the annual Georgia Carry convention.
Georgia Carry.org is a gun rights advocacy and lobbying group that formed in 2007. The organization helped push for the so-called “guns everywhere” law that legalized firearms in bars and some churches this year.
Executive Director Jerry Henry, however, says there is still work to do. He would like lawmakers to clarify some of the state’s gun laws.
“We don’t like ‘gotcha laws.’ We like the laws to be out where everybody can read them; everybody knows what they are when they walk through the front door,” said Henry. “They don’t have to have an attorney to decipher the law for them and say, ‘Yes, you can go there. No, you can’t.’”
Henry says Georgia’s laws about guns in courthouses are particularly confusing. Guns are not allowed inside courthouses, but sometimes local governments operate courtrooms in non-traditional buildings. That means, someone could unknowingly carry a firearm into a building that is technically a courthouse.
“There are courtrooms in 40 story buildings in downtown Atlanta and if you walk into that so-called court[house] that you don’t know is a court[house], then you could be arrested for carrying into a courthouse,” Henry explained.
The issue of “campus carry” also remains on the group’s wish list—legalizing guns on school and college campuses for people with firearms licenses.
“We have a list that we started out with in 2007 when we started and our priorities have not changed. We wanted to rid that list of everything and we’ve got most of the things off of that list and we’ll continue to do that,” Henry explained.
Georgia Carry has checked off many of the items on that list, but Henry believes there will always be a need for gun rights advocacy.
“Somebody will have to play defense for the Second Amendment from here on out as far as I’m concerned,” he said.