The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the Baptist Tabernacle of Thomaston, where the Rev. Jonathan Wilkins said he wanted to have a gun for protection while working in the church office. The judges also questioned how banning firearms in a place of worship violates religious freedoms.
Pastors in Georgia are claiming that the right to carry weapons on church grounds should be a liberty protected by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. One has to wonder whether opponents of Georgia’s ban on handguns in places of worship are simply seeking an argument that will stick; sort of like throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what slides off.
Can the right to bear arms be considered a legitimate exercise of religious beliefs? And what happens if the definition of reasonable exercise is extended to include such a right; where will it end? It seems that this is a question that falls squarely within the parameters of the 2nd amendment and as such, falls to the state to regulate. If the democratic process in Georgia has yielded the current results, why should a court move to undo this seemingly legitimate action? Just so a few folks can pack “heat” when they worship?