Though the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a gun case
from Georgia, one gun rights advocate says that won't be the final
word on the subject.
The Supreme Court has denied a request to hear an appeal of a
lawsuit aimed at obtaining the right for individuals to carry guns
into Georgia churches for protection. Jerry Henry of GeorgiaCarry.org tells OneNewsNow that leaves
the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in place (see
"If you carry a gun to church and go to the head of security and
inform them you have one … then they can tell you what to do with
it," Henry explains.
"If they want you to carry it, they can allow you to carry it.
But you have to do that every time you go in, and it's an
affirmative defense, which means that if you should walk out of the
church with a gun on your hip and the sheriff sees you, he can
The organization tried to convince prior sessions of the General
Assembly to pass a law to correct the fact that the state will not
allow the church to make the decision on their private property,
but it failed to gain passage. Even so, GeorgiaCarry.org is not
"One of the things that happens in every General Assembly
session, which here in Georgia is [every] two years, is we have a
whole new set of faces," Henry notes. "We have some new faces
who feel the same way that we do about it, so we're hoping that
their push, along with maybe changing some of the leaderships'
minds, we will be able to accomplish that."
Henry is convinced that prior opposition is not as strong in the