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Lawsuit: Ga. Man Challenges Gun-Carry Denial by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

He wanted to carry a weapon when camping and boating at Lake Allatoona, but was denied.

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A Georgia man, whose request to carry a loaded gun onto federal land at Lake Allatoona was denied, is now suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying his Second Amendment rights were violated.

David James and gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.Org want the Corps to allow firearms at Allatoona and other federally managed lakes for the purposes of self-protection. James lives in Paulding County.

The suit was filed in the North District of Georgia on Friday, the AJC reported.

James says he frequents the lake to camp and boat, and asked the Corps to allow him to carry a gun for protection. The request was denied without explanation by the Corps’ district commander of lakes in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. The Corps did not comment on the case.

Guns are only allowed on Corps land for hunting or with the commander’s permission, the AJC reported. There is a $5,000 fine for bringing an unauthorized loaded weapon onto Corps property.

The right to carry on U.S. Army Corps land was also challenged in federal court in Idaho in a suit filed by two people who wanted to carry loaded guns onto Corps land for protection. A federal judge ruled the ban be lifted while the case was further litigated.

In case you’re wondering, the new Georgia Gun Bill, which has expanded the places where registered gun owners can carry a weapon, does not apply to Corps land. The new Georgia law goes into effect July 1.

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American Patriot July 17, 2014 at 12:21 AM
" man up" really Woody? You act as those of us who disagree with yoy are the aggressers and the criminals are the victims. FYI and I am sure I can speak for all law abiding gun carrying citizens. None of us carry to be the aggressor. In fact it is the opposite. We believe in the famous Reagan quote "Peace through Strength"........... so I have been thinking which lib you are TS or GGY. I think TS. What do you think Tammy?
Woody July 17, 2014 at 01:32 AM
"Peace through strength" was in reference to feoreign relations. Christ, you gun fanciers lack perception, among other important attributes. And, you can't compensate with your gunz.
David Tiffany July 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM
They are really paranoid cowards, Woody.
Tammy Osier July 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM
@ AP hahaha! Also, seems if the Chief of Police states that there was less crime when citizens were armed, that it would hold just a little water, don't you think? Reagan's peace through strength had a purpose. If we strengthen our military, our enemies will think twice before attacking us. Cut the military, and boom! We're usually attacked in some way within 6 months. Look what happened under Clinton after the military was gutted. Peace through strength is not a tangible thing - but being an ideal, can apply anywhere. That's why some don't get it- it goes deeper than the surface. It does translate to areas where more people are armed. Criminal think twice before going where they aren't sure if the person they are robbing might be armed. Statistics have shown that. .....................um.....I thought maybe woody was ts, until that last comment from David. Almost word for word...
Woody July 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Detroit is a bit different from Atlanta, don't you think? The question was rhetorical, obviously you guys can't see past your gunz.

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