GCO Appeals Church Carry Case

GCO has filed an appeal of the dismissal of its case challenging Georgia’s ban on carrying firearms in places of worship.

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13 Responses to “GCO Appeals Church Carry Case”

  1. duckhead Says:

    I can’t say I’m surprised by the decision. But I will say that the reasoning behind the decision was so juvenile. As the saying goes: ‘When you need an excuse, any excuse will do.’ His reasoning almost defies logic. So now, when someone feels the need to go on a mass shooting at some church, he certainly won’t have to worry about anyone stopping him. This is the result of electing liberal politicians who turn around and appoint liberal judges.

  2. ber950 Says:

    Thanks John and all the others. Your hard word is appreciated.

  3. Lucky Jim Says:

    Amen to ber950’s comment: John and others are doing a great work.

  4. mark5019 Says:

    lets do it and keep up the great job

  5. billmccutcheon Says:

    Normally I am leaning forward in the foxhole to support everything that John does. I am however scratching my head at this one. I have been a concealed weapons permit holder for a very long time, but have never felt the need to carry my sidearm into Church with me. I guess that because we now have so many Churches in Georgia being shot up every Sunday that this somehow makes sense to have an armed protection force in place. I wonder what we are to do if an armed insurgent were to open fire while we are on a tour of the capitol building or other banned carry locations?

    Thanks John for everything you have accomplished for us in the past several years.


  6. mark5019 Says:

    bill why can the state dictate what private property can do?

  7. billmccutcheon Says:

    mark, I do not understand your question.

    I personally do not see this as a victory even if it is adopted. I believe that almost all if not all churches in the state will immediately adopt a No Firearms Allowed Policy which will make this a moot point anyway. Yes you will have a few that think that it is radically cool to have guns in their churches but for the majority that won’t happen.

    Now the non-secure areas of the Airport, that was a tangible victory.


  8. Lucky Jim Says:

    bill, I think that in the case of many churches, if the governing group (pastors, deacons, elders, etc.) reflexively adopt a no-firearms-allowed policy without consulting the members generally, the governing group will find, to their surprise, (i) that many of the church’s members (who may be among the most active members) favor permitting members to carry concealed weapons, and (ii) that those members will be surprisingly vocal and insistent about permitting members to do that. And so I expect that after an initial wave of knee-jerk anti-carry policies quickly imposed, in many churches those anti-carry policies will be rescinded.


  9. mark5019 Says:

    bill what im saying is this if we allow the state to to dictate what pvt company’s can allow. what will happen when the state says other pvt places cant allow weapons in them?

    it should be none of the states say

  10. coreygaac Says:

    As a big supporter of gun rights and as an active member of my home church, I have had the privilege to discuss this matter with a lot of active church members within different church organizations and have always received positive responses. In the conversations that I have had, the members want the right to vote on whether they can allow people to carry. Government stepping in and trying to dictate what the church can and can’t do is the very thing that sparked the migration of our ancestors from Europe to the colonies.

    The State of Georgia is big on protecting “Private Property” rights, but a church that has possession of its own is not allowed to decide for its self if they want to allow gun carry. Where is the fairness?

  11. mdfenley Says:

    You would be surprised at how many church’s are going to allow members to conceal carry. The open carry would be highly frowned upon. I have spoken with several Pastors in my area and they are in favor of the church’s being allowed to make their own policy in regards to this matter, and they told me that they would be in favor of the concealed carry. Just like restaurants now, if they don’t want firearms inside, place a sign on the door. Simple.

    Actually, you might be surprised at how many are actually concealed carrying now.

  12. grcjman2011 Says:


    Even if you’re correct and almost all churches ban the carry of firearms, that is their decision to make as the owners of said property…that’s the point! The State ought not legislate anyone’s private property rights. Those types of decisions belong to the property owner alone. The removal of this ban affects the much larger picture of private property rights which is tantamount to individual liberty.

  13. gomtuu Says:

    A question for mdfenley, You said “Just like restaurants now, if they don’t want firearms inside, place a sign on the door. Simple.” Unless something has changed I understand that signs don’t mean anything legally binding. Is that right? I was part of a group that talked about church security. Many small churches can’t afford any paid security (Law Enforcement) that can carry in a church so they need to depend on members being able to carry for security.

    Another angle. A business owner can carry on his business property as can allowed employees. Who owns a church and who can grant employees (Volunteers) the right to carry. Would that be legal even with the current law? FBA has paid armed security (not LE) and they are present in the service so can an unpaid employee carry also?