City Will No Longer Challenge "Guns On Greenbelt" Lawsuit

Carrollton, GA -- A lawsuit brought against the city of Carrollton will likely be negotiated to an end and never be heard by a judge after Mayor Wayne Garner this week said that he now believes the city does not have legal ground to defend against the suit’s assertions.
Advocates for rights to own and carry firearms, Georgiacarry.org filed the suit last summer asking the court to decide if two of the city’s ordinances should be declared “void and unenforceable.”
The non-profit group challenged the city’s ordinance prohibiting the possession of firearms on the Carrollton Greenbelt and one that prohibits parade participants from carrying arms or other weapons.

At the time the suit was filed, Garner said that doing away with the GreenBelt ordinance would be “the dumbest thing we could do,” and that he would leave it up to the courts to decide the matter. He had defended the ordinance saying “it’s just not good sense” to allow guns on the trail.

One of the mayor's biggest concerns was that the Greenbelt crosses school property.

“If we give it our OK, it’s almost an encouragement for people to bring guns on the GreenBelt,” Garner said last June. “I think it’s a mistake, but if one of our judges thinks it’s the thing to do, then we’ll certainly change our ordinance according to his ruling.”

Garner on Tuesday said the new gun bill signed by the governor last week, makes the city’s options—or lack of options, more clear.
“We’re pulling back on the lawsuit because the governor signed HB 90, that was passed this year called the ‘guns everywhere bill’ and while its fine with me that they passed it—looking at it, I don’t really see any foundation now that we have to prevent people from carrying guns on the Greenbelt or anywhere else—any (government) building that is not protected (by security),” Garner told WLBB Radio Tuesday evening. “The new gun bill also says police cannot ask someone if they have a gun license when carrying a weapon so basically you cannot enforce (our ordinance) it. So it makes no sense to spend any money and go forward with (defending the suit). I think the intent of the general assembly and the governor is very clear and it’s the law of the land. Before that it was not that clear—but its crystal clear now.”
GeorgiaCarry.org Co-Founder James Camp issued the following statement on Wednesday:

"GCO was pleased to see Mayor Garner have a change of heart, however actions speak louder than words. The two ordinances will need to be repealed and the city will need to remove language from their parade applications and from signage on the GreenBelt and at their city parks that weapons or firearms are prohibited, before GCO can consider this matter resolved.

Nothwithstanding the mayor's stance to the contrary, it was and has always been GCO's stance that the city lacked any standing even before the passage of HB60 and was even further backed up by case law ruling the same in our favor."

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