A father in Douglas County, Georgia, filed a lawsuit after his daughter’s principal told him he was not allowed to carry a gun at the school. The father claims such a prohibition is no longer legal under the recent enactment of a new state law, a local Fox affiliate reported.
The Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, dubbed the “guns everywhere act,” went into effect July 1 and expanded the number of places a person could legally carry a gun. The new law now allows firearms in bars, churches, schools and even some government buildings. However, the law also allows churches to prohibit firearms if they so choose and individual school districts are also given the option to choose whether or not they will allow teachers and other staff to carry firearms.
Nonetheless, the principal at Beulah Elementary School in Douglasville told the father that he could not carry a firearm onto school property, except when he’s there dropping off or picking up his daughter. In addition, the principal also allegedly told the father that if he did so, she would have him arrested.
But the father, along with his lawyer, John Monroe, believe the principal’s understanding of the law – or lack thereof – is all wrong.
“He’s anxious for it to get resolved so he can begin exercising his right,” Monroe said.
The principal declined to offer any comment on the case, and simply said, “It’s now a legal matter.”
Of course, the new law was met with opposition, while some gun rights advocates felt it was a huge step in the right direction.
Lucia McBath, spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, called the law “a dangerous kill bill.”
But when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill back in April, he said, “Today I will put into a law a gun bill that heralds self-defense, personal liberties and public safety.”