Rockmart Police Making Gun Charges that Do Not Exist

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Tammy Overstreet at the Polk County Crime Examiner is reporting that the Rockmart police arrested Phillip Lee Woods at a local pizzeria and charged him with carrying a deadly weapon at a public gathering. Full Story
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NADA

Jacksonville, FL

#1 Dec 4, 2012
Senate Bill 308 change the laws for the carry permit . If you have a Ga carry permit you can have it at a public gathering or a private buisness or resturant. This was signed into law in June of 2010, you would think law enforcement would know this . Go to Gacarry.org and it has all of it stated.
CHIT

Tallapoosa, GA

#2 Dec 5, 2012
Come get the gun carriers with no permit over in the Jones Ave. area. Charvis Davis has one...so does Trentis Hodges along with his brothers. You can bet they have no permit.
resident

Cedartown, GA

#3 Dec 5, 2012
CHIT wrote:
Come get the gun carriers with no permit over in the Jones Ave. area. Charvis Davis has one...so does Trentis Hodges along with his brothers. You can bet they have no permit.
And, many more just like them I'm sure. But, going after these types would require getting off of their LAZY Azzes and actually doing what our tax dollars pay them to do! They would rather stop the average citizen for seat belt violation, much easier way to generate money, and doesn't require much effort.
Raim

Peachtree City, GA

#4 Dec 5, 2012
If I understood the story right, the accused man got into some sort of verbal altercation with another customer then went out to his vehicle to bring his gun back in the restaurant. Now, I'm all about people legally carrying guns but in his case, if that is true, is a very threatening gesture and I would have wanted him picked up also. If you can't settle a verbal altercation without brandishing a firearm, then you aren't mature enough to have a carry permit. Granted, all of this is based on the biger picture of if this is true or not.
zzz

Cedartown, GA

#5 Dec 5, 2012
Raim wrote:
If I understood the story right, the accused man got into some sort of verbal altercation with another customer then went out to his vehicle to bring his gun back in the restaurant. Now, I'm all about people legally carrying guns but in his case, if that is true, is a very threatening gesture and I would have wanted him picked up also. If you can't settle a verbal altercation without brandishing a firearm, then you aren't mature enough to have a carry permit. Granted, all of this is based on the biger picture of if this is true or not.
Well, if you don't know if it's true or not, why put it on here, it's just hear say ......just sayin..... obviously YOU didn't understand the story right.
citizen

Cedartown, GA

#6 Dec 5, 2012
Raim wrote:
If I understood the story right, the accused man got into some sort of verbal altercation with another customer then went out to his vehicle to bring his gun back in the restaurant. Now, I'm all about people legally carrying guns but in his case, if that is true, is a very threatening gesture and I would have wanted him picked up also. If you can't settle a verbal altercation without brandishing a firearm, then you aren't mature enough to have a carry permit. Granted, all of this is based on the biger picture of if this is true or not.
Regardless of all of that, be it true or not, it doesn't excuse the fact that a POLICE CHIEF should be up to date on the laws. Maybe we could expect it from his Barney Fife employees, but not him.
Tony

Cedartown, GA

#7 Dec 5, 2012
resident wrote:
<quoted text>
And, many more just like them I'm sure. But, going after these types would require getting off of their LAZY Azzes and actually doing what our tax dollars pay them to do! They would rather stop the average citizen for seat belt violation, much easier way to generate money, and doesn't require much effort.
Bingo, you nailed it.
NADA

Jacksonville, FL

#8 Dec 5, 2012
If the manager or owner asked him to take it out he has to do so even with the permit. Then if he doesn't he can be charged with criminal tresspass. Not what they charged him with.That law went out June 12th 2010 when SB308 was signed into law . Even if they have a sign in the window saying no firearms they still have to ask you to take it out . Got to gacarry.org and click on most asked questions and it explains SB308 in full.
justsaying

Marietta, GA

#9 Dec 6, 2012
Q: What is a public gathering?
A: The Public Gathering Law was repealed when SB308 was signed into law on June 4, 2010. The Public Gathering was law in Georgia for 140 years and was one of the last Jim Crow laws to be repealed in Georgia.
Q: Can I carry at Applebee’s or [insert other restaurant here]?
A: SB308 does not prohibit carry for Georgia Weapons License holders in restaurants. However, individual restaurant owners have the option of asking you to leave their establishment if they do not wish for you to carry there. Should a business owner or his agent ask you to leave while you are carrying a firearm, do so immediately, or as soon as reasonably possible. Failure to leave within a reasonable time, or refusing to leave, is a criminal offense known as “criminal trespass.” In addition, please maintain a polite demeanor so as to project a good image of yourself and other GCO members to the business owner and any witnesses even when being asked to leave.
Q: Can I carry at a Bar?
A: SB308 criminalized bar carry, unless the owner of the bar grants permission to carry. If the bar owner does not allow carry, it is a crime to carry there.
Truth

Rome, GA

#10 Dec 9, 2012
Raim wrote:
If I understood the story right, the accused man got into some sort of verbal altercation with another customer then went out to his vehicle to bring his gun back in the restaurant. Now, I'm all about people legally carrying guns but in his case, if that is true, is a very threatening gesture and I would have wanted him picked up also. If you can't settle a verbal altercation without brandishing a firearm, then you aren't mature enough to have a carry permit. Granted, all of this is based on the biger picture of if this is true or not.
Good reason to revoke his firearm license.
The real truth

Jacksonville, FL

#11 Dec 9, 2012
He never took it out, he never threatened anyone with it . He was never asked by any of the staff to leave or to take it out . He didn't commit any crime or violate his permit.Regardless of the reason he had it, (1st report said he felt threatened )and I don't agree with why he went out and got it. He didn't break any laws.It was still his right to carry it .
Truth

Rome, GA

#12 Dec 10, 2012
If you have a problem with someone call 911 or leave. Looks like he was looking for. Looks intoxicated in the mug shot. Needs to have permit revoked.
Truth

Rome, GA

#13 Dec 10, 2012
Looking for trouble.

“The real B-Man”

Since: Nov 12

Carrollton, GA

#14 Dec 10, 2012
Truth wrote:
If you have a problem with someone call 911 or leave. Looks like he was looking for. Looks intoxicated in the mug shot. Needs to have permit revoked.
You need to be revoked from this planet.
You are an idiot

Jacksonville, FL

#15 Dec 10, 2012
Truth wrote:
If you have a problem with someone call 911 or leave. Looks like he was looking for. Looks intoxicated in the mug shot. Needs to have permit revoked.
If he gets charged with a crime and gets convicted of a felony he will lose his permit. Until then the same constitution that gives you the right of freedom of speech gives him the right to bear arms. Do you know that ghe was the aggressor or was he planning to defend himself from someone that was going to do him harm. The right to stand your ground law is there for a reason also.You get your freedom of speech for free , he has to pay for his permit to bear his arms and is entitled to it just the same.
Truth

Rome, GA

#16 Dec 11, 2012
You are an idiot wrote:
<quoted text>If he gets charged with a crime and gets convicted of a felony he will lose his permit. Until then the same constitution that gives you the right of freedom of speech gives him the right to bear arms. Do you know that ghe was the aggressor or was he planning to defend himself from someone that was going to do him harm. The right to stand your ground law is there for a reason also.You get your freedom of speech for free , he has to pay for his permit to bear his arms and is entitled to it just the same.
If he was in fear of someone harming him why didn't he call the police or leave? Instead he went to get a gun. Your right to possess and carry are two different things. His permit to carry can be revoked without a felony if it is proven that he is a danger to the public like carrying a weapon while intoxicated.
Truth

Rome, GA

#17 Dec 11, 2012
Also he would not be covered by stand your ground if he went outside to get a gun and returned.
TCB

Jacksonville, FL

#18 Dec 11, 2012
Truth wrote:
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If he was in fear of someone harming him why didn't he call the police or leave? Instead he went to get a gun. Your right to possess and carry are two different things. His permit to carry can be revoked without a felony if it is proven that he is a danger to the public like carrying a weapon while intoxicated.
What law did he break ? The one they charged him with had to be dropped and the Chief of police is asking the DA what he could be charged with . He wasn't drinking and and never pulled it out or threatened anyone with it.Had the owner or manager at Johnny's asked him to leave or to take it back out and he didn't he could be charged with criminal tresspass.Regardless of his intentions(that I don't agree with either ) he had the right to have it .He did have the old permit but it grandfathers in with SB308 that was signed into law 06/04/2010. The sad thing in it all is that our law enforcement aren't edjucated on what to enforce.
TCB

Jacksonville, FL

#19 Dec 12, 2012
A stand-your-ground law states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first.

It may just be me but I have my permit and and I have my firearm to protect myself and have the right to do so.

“Unions are still scum ”

Since: Dec 07

Atlanta

#20 Dec 13, 2012
resident wrote:
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And, many more just like them I'm sure. But, going after these types would require getting off of their LAZY Azzes and actually doing what our tax dollars pay them to do! They would rather stop the average citizen for seat belt violation, much easier way to generate money, and doesn't require much effort.
I agree. Criminals with badges hate armed citizens.

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