News in Brief

Ga. School Firearms Ban Trumps Gun-Carry Law

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A law that prohibits firearms on school property takes precedence over one that says a person licensed to carry firearms may bring them into school safety zones, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

A gun-rights group sought to compel a state panel to reinstate a statute that authorized licensed gun owners on school property. That measure was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on April 22, 2014. The next day, Deal signed House Bill 60, a bill that made it unlawful for any person to have a firearm "within a school safety zone" unless that person was dropping off or picking up a student.

The court found troubling that "the statute does not proscribe all speech that might be boisterous or disruptive." It ruled that "the two statutes cannot stand together" and the "carrying of firearms in a school safety zone [does] not survive the subsequent enactment of HB 60."

Vol. 36, Issue 13, Page 4

Published in Print: November 16, 2016, as Ga. School Firearms Ban Trumps Gun-Carry Law
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories