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Concealed weapons at church and the First Amendment

from Church Law and Tax

In 2010, the State of Georgia enacted a law making it a misdemeanor offense for a person with a permit to carry a concealed weapon "in a place of worship." Several plaintiffs, including a church and its pastor, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this law. The fundamental question was whether a state law prohibiting concealed weapons in a church violates the constitutional rights of church members to bear arms and practice their religion. In January 2011, a federal court in Georgia said no. The case was appealed to the 11th circuit court of appeals in Atlanta, and oral arguments were heard in October. A decision is expected this spring. more


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