Dad sues for right to carry a gun to daughter’s elementary school; new law on his side

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A Georgia dad has filed a lawsuit against his daughter’s elementary school, saying he has the right to bring a gun to school.

Hugh Myers took legal action after the school principal told him he’d be arrested if he brought his gun on school property — unless he was dropping off or picking up his daughter, according to the local Fox affiliate in Atlanta.

According to the suit, Myers frequently attends educational activities at Beulah Elementary School in support of his daughter and wants to come armed for his own safety.

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And a new law appears to give him that right.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” aka the “guns everywhere bill,” into law in April.

According to USA Today, the new law allows:

“…licensed gun owners in Georgia and visitors from 28 other states to bring a gun into a bar without restrictions and carry a firearm into some government buildings that don’t have security measures. It also allows school districts to decide whether they want some employees to carry a firearm and religious leaders to decide whether to allow licensed gun owners to tote to their church, synagogue or mosque.”

Myers’ attorney, John Monroe, says his client has every right to bring a gun to school.

“The principal claims something that is not true,” Monroe said. “The Principal is saying it’s still a crime to carry a gun in school for a person with a license, and that’s just plain not true.”

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11 thoughts on “Dad sues for right to carry a gun to daughter’s elementary school; new law on his side

  1. KeepNItReal says:

    I would get a new lawyer since the part in article quoted “…licensed gun owners in Georgia and visitors from 28 other states to
    bring a gun into a bar without restrictions and carry a firearm into
    some government buildings that don’t have security measures. It also
    allows school districts to decide whether they want some employees to
    carry a firearm and religious leaders to decide whether to allow
    licensed gun owners to tote to their church, synagogue or mosque.” IT ALLOWS SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO DECIDE and the law is NOT on the father’s side.

    1. Lawman561 says:

      That is incorrect. Unless he is an employee of the School District, there is no provision for prohibition of lawfully licensed firearm owners from carrying a firearm on any campus. It does not allow business owners, or schools to place any restrictions or prevent licensed gun owners from entering on or remaining in the premises.

      1. Chooch0253 says:

        For an alleged lawman, you do not know spit. It is unlawful in the state of Georgia to carry a firearm inside school property without written permission from school officials, and only then if they are an employee of the school system or member of a law enforcement agency.

        1. Lawman561 says:

          Hey Hanoi Jane, you should really not respond like such a tool. It would probably return less vitriolic responses to your asinine statements. It would seem like the only allegation here is that you are in any position to pass judgment on anything. Let me reiterate, read the newly enacted Georgia law. It supersedes all previous law(s) and provisions. “It also allows school districts to decide whether they want some employees to carry a firearm…” It specifically does not address private licensed firearm owners. Also note:

          Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” aka the “guns everywhere bill,” into law in April.

          1. Groovy63 says:

            Taken from HB 826. (HB 60 has the same language)
            http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/826

            “(b)(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry to or to possess or have under such person’s control while within a school safety zone or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school any firearm or explosive compound, other than fireworks”

            Subsection C lists exemptions that include law enforcement and the following:
            “(5) A person who has been authorized in writing by a duly authorized official of a school, local board of education, or postsecondary institution to have in such person’s possession or use within a school safety zone or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school a firearm which would otherwise be prohibited by this Code section. Such authorization shall specify the type of firearms which have been authorized and the time period during which the authorization is valid;”

            I have found no distinction between an employee of the school or an average person. If you can quote otherwise, please do.

        2. Mike says:

          Chuck, how can someone so ignorant of the law run for public office. Have you not read HB826? It is has been legal when picking up or dropping off students for years, now it is also legal at other times as well.

    2. Eric G says:

      “allows school districts to decided whether they want some employees to carry a firearm…”. The dad is not an employee of the school, so he does not fall under that discretionary part of the law.

  2. Kenneth Clark says:

    “School Districts” not individual schools. Nothing in the article indicates that the District this school is in has decided such.

  3. Joker Davis says:

    Rock poet at arms, Ted Nugent, has done a decent job defending the 2nd Amendment.

  4. Mike says:

    Does no one realize that the lawsuit is not based on HB60?

  5. Doug says:

    I see nothing wrong as long as he promises to shoot away from the children.

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