Should Guns Be Allowed in Churches, on College Campuses?

Three bills in the Georgia House of Representatives—including two introduced by a Cobb legislator—take aim at restrictions on where gun owners can take their firearms in public. Tell us which of them, if any, you would like to see passed.

Gun owners in Georgia could soon be allowed to have their firearms on them in more public areas if lawmakers pass one of several bills currently within the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 28, dubbed the “Restoring Private Property Rights for Places of Worship Act of 2013,” would take out the state’s restriction against carrying a weapon into a church or place of worship.

House Bill 29, known as the “Georgia Campus Carry Act of 2013,” would lift the restriction against carrying a firearm onto a “campus of any public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or institution of postsecondary education.”

Charles Gregory, R-Kennesaw, is the primary sponsor of both bills. Gregory went on the record to say that while both were filed days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, he began work on them before the mass shooting occurred.

Legislators who have signed on as co-sponsors of Gregory's two bills include Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, and Paulette Braddock, R-Powder Springs.

Another bill that has been dubbed the “Restoring Private Property Rights for Places of Worship Act of 2013,” House Bill 335, contains language similar to HB 29.

Copies of all three bills are attached to this article in PDF form.

Should guns be allowed in churches? What about college campuses? Should they be banned from both?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

Melinda Paris February 23, 2013 at 11:06 PM
**sorry for the word happen twice above- continued from above: The mom/ twins- Wouldn't you like to ask her how it feels since she shot him? When I heard that story, I shouted for JOY! How horrible that she and her kids kept climbing and locking doors in their home, and the evil one kept coming for them, He could have left, He kept coming, can you imagine, hiding trying to keep those little boys quiet?? Can you imagine how scared she was? She emptied her gun, and statistic's are that 99.9% of the time, the creep has another creep with them, Thank GOD this wasn't the case, if it had been, she would have been out of bullets, wow.SO, in this case, this is when a automatic weapon with more bullets would have come in more handy, don't you think? Another reason, citizens should be able to choose and make that decision, I bet her husband on the other end of that phone call was praying it was ONE GUY, I can shoot really good, but those times happens, you gonna be nervous, and I would unload everything I have "if" it ever happens again No hesitation to pull that trigger, The POLICE said, we were very lucky, because its one thing we they think "no one is home", but when they are bold enough to come in when people are there, YOU GOTTA PROTECT YOUR FAMILY-There is no room for conversation or debating it, you gotta be ready right then and there~ Its not time to ask them if they are hungry and would like dinner? You must make split decision choices and I salute that mom in Winder!
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino February 24, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Hi Fred: while I agree that we Americans are preoccupied with many of the frivolous pursuits you listed, to our detriment, I also see a lot of progress. To me, our real strength as a nation is not our material, political or military might but our unity in diversity--we are the most diverse nation of any size and we are learning to get along, work cooperatively, and progress, regardless of those differences and actually because of the differences and the democratic system. No one that I know is seeking or suggesting to change any founding documents at this time--we simply get newer or deeper interpretations and applications of them as we progress and realize that our past interpretations and applications were not adequate. Yes, sometimes holding on the past and having to change is painful, and sometimes we make mistakes and have to go back to the old way, which we can always do, but it is a sign of intelligence, creativity and critical thinking to try new things to solve our new or growing problems.
electric123 February 24, 2013 at 08:28 AM
As to a majority of people's opinion and comments on this gun issue, I find it most disturbing, as I look forward to the coming passing of everything on earth to the coming of the lord to be with him were there are no politics, guns, violence, or material issues.
Paulding County resident and parent February 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM
I look forward to that too, but in the mean time - we have to live here on this planet, growing His Kingdom by spreading His Word. We can't do that unless we stay alive and owning a gun, protecting oneself and one's family, will help bring our service to Him to fruition.
Jon Gargis February 25, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Thanks to all who have commented. Since we've given folks four days to comment, we're going to close this article to new comments.


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