In an e-mail, the nonprofit Georgia Gun Owners Inc. blasts the group and says the 12 mayors in Georgia who are part of the group are “actively scheming in Georgia to greatly curtail our rights.”
In an e-mailed response to The Augusta Chronicle, Copenhaver said he’s been a hunter his entire life and a gun owner, “so to say that I’m anti-gun would seem to me to be completely misleading, but they didn’t bother to call me to discuss the matter.”
Copenhaver also said the mass e-mail sent out to gun owners around the state asks for donations several times.
“I guess their stance would mean that they are taking a position of advocating for illegal guns, which doesn’t make much sense to me,” he said.
In the e-mail from the Georgia gun group, Political Director D.R. Leonard said the coalition’s name is “deceitful” and that it’s clear the purpose is to “make guns illegal, period.”
A message from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Web site says that “we all agree on the goal: protecting the rights of Americans to own guns, while fighting to keep criminals from possessing guns illegally.”
Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said Thursday that typically it’s not the people who lawfully possess guns that give law enforcement trouble but criminals who acquire weapons on the street or through straw purchases.
“That’s who we have a problem with,” he said.
In response to a request for comment, Leonard called for Copenhaver’s resignation from the group and said “the members and supporters of Georgia Gun Owners have a responsibility – to bring to light anti-gun associations and positions of elected officials in our state.”
Copenhaver said Leonard is “purposely forwarding misinformation regarding me personally and I don’t believe that his letter deserves a response.”