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Gun Group Sues Georgie County, Judge Asserting Depravation of Rights

Gun Group Sues Georgie County, Judge Asserting Depravation of Rights
 

Intro: The Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition today filed suit in federal district court in Georgia, in a case alleging Cherokee County and Probate Court Judge Keith Wood have violated the constitutional rights of citizens by ordering that the county would not accept applications for Weapons Carry Licenses during the coronavirus outbreak.

Our country is caught in the crosshairs. Should we slow down the ability for citizens to obtain gun licenses during the current pandemic? Or should we honor the 2nd Amendments rights our founders envisioned?

Joining us in the discussion is a spokesman with 2nd Amendment Foundation.

Q&A: 

1) You filed suit in Georgia on behalf of one of your members, Lisa Walters. According to the 16-page federal complaint, Walters' husband contacted the probate court several days ago to inquire about her ability to obtain a carry license. The county informed Walters' husband that the order to not accept license applications will remain in effect. Update us on this. 

Answer: The case is known as Walters v. Wood. Plaintiffs are represented by attorney Adam Kraut of Sacramento, California. It is the most recent in a series of legal actions we've had to file around the country because some officials have arbitrarily decided the COVID-19 crisis allows them to suspend the Constitutional rights of the citizens they serve. 

2) But under the circumstances, is this really surprising?

Answer: We've been stunned by this pattern because such actions are not permitted by the Constitution. Authorities may not, by decree or otherwise, enact or enforce a suspension or deprivation of constitutional liberties."

3) The Second Amendment Foundation is one party to this lawsuit.  Tell us about the involvement of the Firearms Policy Coalition. 

Answer: FPC President Brandon Combs concurred, saying, "The Constitution explicitly protects the fundamental human right to bear arms, especially for self-defense. Governments cannot eliminate the right of law-abiding adults to carry handguns for self-defense in public, which is all the more pertinent in these troubled times. As the Supreme Court has already explained, the Constitution's guarantee of the right to bear arms is especially important for self-defense in case of confrontation, and individuals must be allowed to exercise their rights outside their home."

4) Tell us more about the 2nd Amendment Foundation and how we may join or get additional resources, including how to buy guns and get training in how to use them safely. 

Answer: SAF.org

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ABOUT MARK WALTERS (in Eastern Time): 

Mark Walters is a national board member of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and a broadcast media spokesman for the Second Amendment Foundation. 

Recipient of the 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year Award, Mark Walters is a weekly national columnist for Ammoland, and author of three books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson: foreword by Massad Ayoob, Lessons from Unarmed America with Rob Pincus: foreword by Ted Nugent, and Grilling While Armed.  

Mark is the host of two nationally syndicated talk radio programs, Armed American Radio, and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country, six days per week. In addition, 

Mark has appeared on national and international radio and television on gun-related stories and is a popular podium speaker on firearms topics. Mark is a husband and father of two children and resides in Georgia with his family.

ABOUT DAVE WORKMAN (In Pacific Time): 

Dave Workman is an award-winning career journalist and senior editor of TheGunMag.com (formerly Gun Week). 

He also writes for Liberty Park Press, Conservative Firing Line and several firearms periodicals. He is also the communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

He has authored Op-Ed pieces in several major newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

He has also co-authored seven books with Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.

Workman's beat is firearms, from politics to the outdoors. He is widely considered an authority on firearms, concealed carry and gun politics.

ABOUT ALAN GOTTLIEB (In Pacific Time): 

Alan is a strong advocate of defense. He's a nuclear engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee, publisher of Gun Week, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union.

ABOUT STEPHEN WILLEFORD (In Central Time): 

A native of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Stephen Willeford was raised in a family of five on a dairy farm near the First Baptist Church. He is the fourth generation to live on a few hundred acres of land in Wilson County.



Stephen has always relied on his faith to guide his life, and his deep roots in Sutherland Springs are a product of his family's commitment to their community. An avid sportsman, Stephen began shooting at a young age and honed his shooting skills by participating in shooting competitions as he grew older. He made sure his three children were trained in gun safety, passing along his expertise.



After the deadly mass shooting in November 2017, Stephen has become known across the country as the "good guy with a gun." Stephen credits his unwavering faith and penchant for preparedness as to why he was able to step in during this critical incident, believing that each day of his life prepared him for what happened on that Sunday morning.



Stephen has begun speaking publicly about his life and experiences, even delivering a lauded speech at the National Rifle Association Convention in May 2018. Because of his selfless service to his community, Stephen was also an honored guest of members of the Texas delegation at the 2018 State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.



An experienced professional plumber, Stephen earned his license from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship School in San Antonio and has nearly 35 years of experience in his field. In 2018, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Stephen to serve on the Texas Private Security Board. He is a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), was an NRA-certified instructor and a former assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. Stephen has been married to Pam Farmer Willeford for 30 years and has three children and three grandchildren.

ABOUT TOM GRESHAM (In Central Time): 

Tom Gresham is a spokesman for 2nd Amendment Foundation. He hosts the nationally syndicated weekend radio talk show 'Tom Gresham's Gun Talk,' carried on 266 stations.  He also has created, hosted and directed several television series about guns including Shooting Sports America on ESPN, and Guns and Gear on NBC Sports. An author of several books, Tom has also written thousands of magazine articles about firearms. 

ABOUT THE 2ND AMENDMENT FOUNDATION:

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.  

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