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Gun control opponents to rally Saturday at Augusta Common

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 3:57 PM
Last updated Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 8:00 AM
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Opponents of President Obama’s effort to impose restrictions on certain types of military-style weapons will rally to voice their concerns Saturday at Augusta Common.

The Second Amendment Rally is sponsored by the Libertarian Party of the CSRA and other unaffiliated libertarians, according to event organizer Evan Scureman.

“The purpose basically is to show our support for the Second Amendment,” Scureman said. “We also want to show our Georgia legislators that we do not support federal legislations restricting our rights to bear arms.”

Scureman said Obama’s proposal to outlaw semi-automatic assault weapons and impose limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines would have little effect but restrict the rights of those who wish to defend themselves with firearms.

“The magazine ban, for example, that is going to be completely ineffective in stopping the mass shootings that it is supposed to prevent,” he said. “But for self-defense, a magazine ban can certainly be a liability.”

Among the speakers for the event will be Rocky Eades with the Libertarian Party and Don Edwards with GeorgiaCarry.org, an organization that advocates for the rights of citizens to carry firearms. It has successfully fought restrictions that barred firearms from some public places such as restaurants and bars and is backing a bill in the Legislature that would remove restrictions against carrying firearms in public parks.

The rally’s Facebook page says those who attend Saturday can “carry whatever they are legally able to – or not.”

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said special-duty deputies will be at the event to provide security.

Scureman said organizers are not advocating that everyone bring a gun to Augusta Common.

“They are welcome to, but we don’t encourage it any way or the other,” he said.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Second Amendment Rally

WHEN: 1-3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Augusta Common

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mycomments
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mycomments 02/07/13 - 06:41 pm
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I'm with you guys, but with

I'm with you guys, but with Mr. Jack Connell's funeral planned for
2 p.m. Saturday down at St. Pauls, do you think another day and time might be appropriate? Won't the sheriff's office personnel be stretched a little thin? Come on, do the right thing....

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GaStang22 02/08/13 - 02:12 am
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mycomments, that would be nice...but, it wasn't intentional
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as they have no idea when someone will die. This thing has been planned for many weeks now with lots of people even from out of town organizing and rearranging to get here.

"Do the right thing" should be addressed to those who set the funeral during a known planned gun rally or the Sheriff himself to address this, or should have informed funeral planners as he knows if they will be stretched thin or not rather than putting that responsibility on the rally organizers and citizens wanting to express their support of their constitutional rights don't ya think?

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nocnoc 02/08/13 - 09:01 am
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Why?

Many feel protecting the rights of the living is the Right Thing.

"Opponents" is fancy way of saying it, but would not "Proponent of Gun Rights" be more accurate?

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nanowerx 02/08/13 - 09:24 am
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I might just attend this

Good on the Libertarian party for stepping up to the plate on this rally. I know it is a small movement, but they are obviously showing they want to help protect rights and that is pretty big to me.

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Brad Owens 02/08/13 - 09:56 am
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mycomments

I am pretty sure this was planned before Mr. Jack passed away.

toldyaso
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toldyaso 02/08/13 - 12:00 pm
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I hope our Rhom Emanual

I hope our Rhom Emanual supporting Mayor is there. I have a few questions for him. Time to step up Deke.
It would be good to have our new Sheriff there too.

Darby
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Darby 02/08/13 - 01:24 pm
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Let's show our support, if we can....

but remember that Georgia law requires that our CC permit requires that we leave our weapons at home when attending a political event. This probably qualifies.

Frank I
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Frank I 02/08/13 - 03:20 pm
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accuracy

I don't think that's entirely accurate Darby. I've read through this page and don't see anything preventing someone that has been issued a GWL from carrying, either open or concealed, to an open political event... I'll research further to verify.. georgiapacking.org/law.php

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SFCRET85 02/08/13 - 03:41 pm
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Popa Jack's Funeral
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Perfect time for Mr. Scureman to hold his event. No interference from common sense folks. They'll be at the funeral.

Darby
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Darby 02/08/13 - 04:19 pm
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I stand by what I said....

I read the law when I received my concealed carry permit. It was explicit about guns at any political rally or political event of any kind.

On the other hand, when you have that thing on you and with you every day, for years, you tend to forget you have it and I'll admit that I have on occasion carried it where I shouldn't have.

Then again, a good lawyer could make the case that it's not a political event on Saturday, don't you think? I mean given that there are some folks of every political stripe who support the 2d Amendment?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/09/13 - 12:17 am
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Political Rally

If there ever were a single thing that typifies the importance of constitutional rights, it would be a political rally. If you can exercise your 1st Amendment right at the Commons tomorrow, you should be able to exercise all of them.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/09/13 - 12:18 am
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Open Carry

If you're concerned about concealed carry, Darby, why not carry your weapon exposed? That should ease your concern.

Darby
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Darby 02/09/13 - 01:05 am
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"....why not carry your weapon exposed?"

I would love to Lamb, but the state of Georgia issued me a concealed weapons permit. Some states do allow open carry, unfortunately ours is not one of them.

Anyway, I'm not concerned. I'm happy to leave my weapon in my car at events such as this. I just need to remember to do it.

My weapon is like my wallet. I never really think about the fact that I have it on me until I need it. Fortunately I have never needed the weapon, while unfortunately, I need that darn wallet far too often.

Darby
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Darby 02/09/13 - 01:00 pm
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Frank - Thanks for that....

I know that the marshal who took my fingerprints at the time of my application, told me that open carry was not allowed. I guess I should not assume that just because he wears a badge he knows the law.

I'll look into it. I am aware that there is no reciprocal agreement between Georgia and South Carolina as there is with Florida. I've often wondered why.. Wonder what the problem is there?

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Frank I 02/09/13 - 05:23 pm
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Laws

the law affecting open carry have changed relatively recently, so if you've had your license for any length of time it's likely the law has changed since then.. all carry of handguns, whether open or concealed require a license.. long guns (shotguns and rifles) must be carried openly but do not require a license..
GA does not reciprocate SC's license because SC will not reciprocate GA.. likely, SC will not provide reciprocity because GA does not require a firearms class to obtain the license..

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