If a parent or guardian is dropping off or picking up their student in Georgia, they they can carry on campus. However, anything more than those few moments could result in big trouble.
Georgia’s Supreme Court voted against the campus carry right. Which is strange because, of all states, you’d think our Supreme Court would have a higher tolerance for guns.
The problem comes in from 2014, when a pair of bills passed by the Legislature are conflicted.
House Bill 826 allowed licensed gun owners to bring their weapons onto school property. House Bill 60 said the only time guns are allowed on school property is when someone is dropping off or picking up a student; otherwise guns on school property were specifically prohibited.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 826 on April 22, 2014. The next day he signed HB 60, which specifically prohibited guns inside school safety zones except when picking up or dropping off.
John Monroe, gun rights attorney, stated, “It wasn’t really unexpected….There’s not fundamentally a difference in theories between school carry and campus carry… People have an emotional knee-jerk reaction to the idea of campus carry in any context. It’s just an emotional reaction.”
The case ended up in court after the Code Revision Commission, which cleans up and revises the Georgia Code after each legislative session, determined that HB 60 was the law because the governor signed it last. GeorgiaCarry.0rg and two fathers in Gwinnett and Fulton Counties sued.
Phillip Evans said in his case he wanted to bring a gun when he attended functions at Centerville Elementary School in Snellville.
James Johnson filed a similar suit, saying he wanted to bring his 9 mm Smith and Wesson when he went to his children’s activities at New Prospect Elementary School in Alpharetta. “As a parent, it’s my responsibility to look out for my family,” Johnson said at the time.
Johnson and Evans said they were confused as to when a licensed gun owner could bring a gun to their children’s schools. They are concerned they could be charged with misdemeanors if they bring firearms to school events.
According to the justices, it all comes down to timing. The two laws cannot stand together, therefore the court had to rule against it.