High court turns down gun carry appeal

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

Henry, Jerry (GeorgiaCarry.org)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 earlier story).

"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 arrest you."

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 giving up.

"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 Assembly now.

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