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Court Won’t Review Ban On Guns In Church

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear a challenge to Georgia’s ban on carrying guns into churches.

The case, among scores rejected in one-line orders, was brought by GeorgiaCarry.org.

The group contended on its website that “the First Amendment’s ‘free exercise’ clause prohibits states from banning activities in churches when such activities generally are permitted elsewhere in the state.”

GeorgiaCarry first brought its challenge to a state court in Upson County, Ga., but a state judge sent it to federal court. A federal judge dismissed the case and a federal appeals court upheld the dismissal.

The group filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in October. The justices made no comment in rejecting review of the case.

On its website, the group said it “is a 501(c) 4 non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization.” The reference to 501(c) refers to the section of the U.S. Tax Code that allows non-profit “educational” fundraising.

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  • 45caliber

    Sounds like Mass. needs to revoke one of their laws. One written (and still active) prior to 1776 REQUIRES all adult males (at least) to take a gun to church there in case of attack during a service.

    Not that Texas needs to do this. Recently I mentioned to our pastor at our church that in security matters I had no problem with someone being armed during church services in case someone came in to attack the congregation. The pastor mentioned it to one of the church members in some shock at the idea. The person replied, “we don’t need to worry about that. Probably half the women in church has one in their purses.” She does herself.

  • JimH

    Rifle, pistol and shotgun. The (holy?) trinity.
    No need to turn the other cheek. Maybe reload.

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