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    http://www.11alive.com/news/article_...storyid=115693



    A Fulton County Superior Court judge ruled Friday afternoon, striking down a ban by the city of Atlanta on guns in public parks.

    Superior Court Judge Doris Downs ruled in a suit brought by GeorgiaCarry.org that state laws that governed carrying weapons by those who hold concealed carry permits cannot be superceded by city laws, and granted summary judgement in the case.

    11Alive's Denis O'Hayersaid Downs' ruling allows those with concealed carry permits to carry guns within parks within the city of Atlanta.

    City of Atlanta attorney Beth Chandler said a statement would be forthcoming in response to the ruling.

    Stay tuned to 11Alive and 11Alive.com for updates and details as they become available, and a full report from 11Alive's Denis O'Hayer on The Evening News tonight at 7.

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    That link has a comments section, and those of you who can see 11Alive (on television) can watch GCOin action tonight at 7:00.

    It should also be up on their web site later tonight.



    Go, go, GCO! :celebrate

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    Great news!

    Now if HB 89 becomes law, Georgia will be in good shape!

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    Good for you guys!!
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    Well done GCO! Congratulations to the citizens of Georgia.

    So how did that go as far as legal fees? Does the loser have to pay?

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    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/met...id=inform_artr

    Judge rejects Atlanta ban on guns in parks

    By Steve Visser
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 05/10/08

    It's all right to pack a firearm in Atlanta public parks now.

    Superior Court Judge Doris Downs Friday struck down an Atlanta law prohibiting carrying guns in public parks.





    "She said the state law is clear," said John Monroe, the lawyer representing GeorgiaCarry.org, a Second Amendment advocacy group. "The city can't go out and arrest somebody for carrying a gun in a city park anymore, or, if it does, it is in contempt of court."

    State law says only the Legislature can regulate where guns are permitted although cities and counties had enacted firearm regulations. Monroe noted the group sued seven Fulton County cities for banning firearms in parks after winning a victory at the Georgia Court of Appeals to overturn a Coweta County ban. All the cities, except Atlanta, modified their laws to conform with the appellate court's ruling, he said.

    Atlanta City Attorney Beth Chandler defended the city's "valiant effort" in the face of the law. The city, noting the state prohibited guns in state parks, had hoped the Legislature would pass a law last session that allowed other governments to do the same.

    Instead, the Legislature passed a bill allowing licensed gun owners to carry pistols in state parks and on MARTA. Gov. Sonny Perdue hasn't yet signed the bill into law.

    "When we made the decision to fight, we had hoped the facts would be different at this point," Chandler said. "I don't regret our decision. We felt it was important to take strong measures to protect our citizens."

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