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Paulding County man files suit over gun rights at Lake Allatoona

061514 4:30 p.m.

Georgia and a Paulding County resident has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after one of their members was not allowed to carry his firearm onto Lake Allatoona while he camped there.

In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District in Court in Rome, David James said that by enforcing a regulation that prohibits keeping and baring arms, the Corps is violating the Second Amendment.

Corps regulations prohibit possession of firearms on Corps property absent certain exceptions. But one can ask for an exception by the Corps. 

James sent a written letter to Corps’ asking for permission to carry a handgun when he camps at Lake Allatoona but was denied.

Roswell attorney John Monroe is representing Georgia Carry and James. He told WRGA news that the Second Amendment guarantees residents the right to keep arms in their homes.

James camps at the lake several times a year.

"When someone is camping in a tent or otherwise, that tent is their home for that period of time," Monroe said.

The organization is asking for an injunction that prohibits the enforcement of the Corps Rule and attorneys fees.