Guns in Church

Suffers a setback in Georgia. I think these kinds of lawsuits, at least on Second Amendment grounds, are highly premature. It’s disappointing many are not seeing the long term consequences to pushing todays hot political fights into the courts before the Courts are really prepared to listen to them with open ears.

9 thoughts on “Guns in Church”

  1. Looks like attendance at church will continue to tumble.
    Now only 42% of the country attends church weekly. It continues to decline.

  2. How do you see this as premature? It’s a solid claim and includes keeping. The judge just doesn’t like the implication that churches are not and can not be historically sensitive places in Georgia.

    On to the court of appeals.


  3. I’m not that comfortable moving forward with a case that uses a church to get case law on what a sensitive place is. I think a state park, rest area, or other such area makes for a better case.

    Not that I think the decision was right, but the judge didn’t like the idea. That’s going to happen a lot.

  4. I’m sorry, but the state has no place telling a private entity such as a church what they can and can not allow on their grounds.

    Nevermind the immorality of forcing one to choose between exercising either their first or their second amendment rights but not both. Raise your hand if you think the following wouldn’t fly at all…

    “You can speak your mind, but if you do we can search your house without a warrant.”

  5. @Mobo

    A little off topic, but this is how I felt with the smoking ban in PA. I don’t smoke myself, but I think if a private business wants to allow it, it should be their decision. If their business suffers due to changing opinions on smoking, then it’s their own fault. It really feels like an intrusion on private property rights.

  6. Anyone in Georgia needs to support H.B. 54, which effectively eliminates the ban on carrying in places of worship without adding a single word to existing law. It only repeals the ban.

    Then the lawsuits would be a moot point.

  7. It’s incredible the judge used the Heller’s dissent and a rational basis test to uphold state law, especially after the SCOTUS explicitly stated that rational basis is not acceptable?

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

  8. Arguments to ban guns in churches are just new variations on the bizarre idea that somebody intent on committing murder will somehow be cowed at the thought of violating laws about carrying firearms. The argument is nonsense for schools, parks, churches, firing ranges, restaurants and any other place where two or more people might gather. In addition to this fallacy, as pointed out above churches are private property and therefore can determine their own policies about whether or not to designate themselves as “unarmed victims zones.”

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