Georgia Supreme Court Rules on Campus Carry Laws

Georgia Supreme Court Rules on Campus Carry Laws

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled last week upholding the weaker of two campus carry laws signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2014.

The high court affirmed an earlier ruling to dismiss a complaint filed by the gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.org against the state Code Revision Commission.

The issue started when Deal signed HB 862 into law on April 22, which allowed guns to be carried on school property. On April 23 he approved HB 60, Georgia’s famed “guns everywhere” bill that, while vastly expanding areas where guns could be carried, also included language restricting guns to school parking lots.

The Code Revision Commission found the discrepancy and adopted HB 60’s language which only allows licensed gun owners to carry on school property “when such person carries or picks up a student within a school safety zone.”

GeorgiaCarry.org sued in February 2015 to return to HB 862’s language. Both the Governor and the commission asked for a dismissal, which was granted, and GeorgiaCarry.org then took the issue to the Supreme Court.

In a 9 page opinion the court argued that the two bills were in “irreconcilable conflict” and “[t]hese provisions are contradictory in that they address the same circumstances, but one expressly authorizes the carrying of a firearm and the other expressly criminalizes such conduct, albeit with a limited exception.”

GeorgiaCarry.org Executive Director Jerry Henry disagrees with the decision and told Guns.com the conflict between the two laws was reconcilable and state law has similar conflicts already on the books.

“Certainly we are disappointed with the court’s decision and believe it to be an incorrect decision. Unfortunately, the court does get it wrong from time to time,” said Henry. “The court sided with the state and once again, missed an opportunity to restore our Second Amendment rights; forcing law-abiding citizens to be disarmed in high crime pretend gun-free zones.”

Gov. Deal’s gun-friendly legacy may be in jeopardy as he vetoed HB 859 earlier this year, a bill that would have allowed permitted gun owners to carry at public college and universities in Georgia. Deal, however, is in his second term and will not face reelection.

Do you think it is reasonable to allow guns on school campuses? Let us know!

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  • I work at a university and it’s not only no guns, but no weapons of any kind. A bill to allow carry on state university campuses was brought up in the legislature, but allowed to die. I don’t think Ducey has the stomach for it.

    • Scott

      Dicey is a wimp. I live in Az and carry EVERYWHERE I can. It should be allowed on college property. Criminals don’t care about gun free zones.

      • It’s not worth it. I wish the bill at least went to vote.

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  • Nancy McPherson

    If you don’t allow honest citizens to carry, the only guns will be in the hands of the lawbreakers. And then who will defend the innocent?

  • Mark

    Glad I moved to Texas. The Yankees (progressives) invaded Georgia…again!!!

  • Alan Lynn

    The argument is made that students are too immature to carry guns. Yet they join the military at the same age and that is fine. They say that college students abuse alcohol and guns are a danger. That is true for anyone anywhere.

    People say that they would be afraid to speak out when people may be armed. An irrational or just irate person can attack you at any time and with any weapon. A pen, a letter opener, a rock are just a few of the ways you can be killed, unless you are legally armed and aware.

    The right to self defense only works if your defense is effective.Irrational arguments should not prevail when your life may be at risk.

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    • In the case of AZ, only permit holders would be allowed to carry. Too bad they let the bill die.

      • Alan Lynn

        It’s a restriction but it makes sense. How can you carry on campus except concealed? If it is concealed you, at this time need a permit. Which would seem to make the point that in Arizona some places, such as bars require a permit. I guess a campus is like a bar, right?

        Just make a fifty state constitutional carry of all weapons and be done with it.

        • Yeah, well, you saw the reaction to Trump winning. Imagine the reaction to a 50 state shall issue and reciprocation. They’d be spinning cheetah wheelies.

          • Alan Lynn

            They, the political machine, run red herrings at us. Things that are important to people but not the elites of both parties. Guns, drugs, race, abortion and more. These things don’t affect the bottom line which is that it is a puppet show. the politicians are bought and paid for on both sides by the same people.

          • Well, there’s the political class, then there is us.

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      thats like 54 USD for a month?

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  • Wyatt Something

    I open carry a twin Colt .45 rig… I wear a cowboy hat and cowboy boots with a black suit. I have a .38 concealed in my vest and a .32 up my sleeve. No one is ever going to attack me or my family and live. I hope I will never have to unholster my gun. I’m spoken to very politely by muslims and illegal aliens, and other undesirables that if it were legal to shoot them, I would. But it is not for now. I abide by all the rules. I am a responsible gun owning citizen.

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