SPEAK OUT: Should Georgia Law Allow Guns in Churches?

The U.S. Supreme Court lets stand a ban on guns in places of worship. Share your thoughts.

Do you want to be able to take a gun into church? Do you think others should be able to?

It's still illegal in Georgia. According to The Huffington Post, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday (January 7) to hear an appeal that wanted justices to overturn a lower court ruling banning guns in churches and other worship places. The appeal was brought by Georgiacarry.org.

GeorgiaCarry.org had argued that the ban is a burden to "religiously motivated conduct by regulating how or what a worshipper can do with a weapon while he is worshipping."

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the initial suit was filed after the 2010 Legislature replaced the prohibition against guns at “public gatherings” with a list of specific places where people can't carry their firearms. One of those was places of worship.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld a lower court's dismissal of the lawsuit, which was brought by GeorgiaCarry and the Rev. Jonathan Wilkins of the Baptist Tabernacle of Thomaston, Ga. The high court, without comment, did not reconsider that ruling.

-- So we ask, should people be able to take a gun into a place of worship in Georgia? Would you feel safer if it was allowed? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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