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Monday, June 28, 2010

Georgia Gun Laws Could Change Under Today's Supreme Court Decision

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 2:10 PM

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The Supreme court ruled today that the Second Amendment, which forbids the federal government from infringing upon the right to keep and bear arms, also applies to state and local gun control laws.

The decision comes two years after the District of Columbia v. Heller case, which established that the amendment protects these rights from federal, not state overreach for an individual. Today's decision is the latest manifestation of the John Roberts' Court's backing of gun rights.

The case was not struck down directly but sent back to a lower federal court for review, where it appears likely to be struck down.

GPB reported earlier today that Georgia gun rights advocates were ready to begin challenging state gun restrictions in light of the decision.

State Rep. Tim Bearden, R-Villa Rica, one of the Gold Dome's most vocal proponents of carrying guns everywhere, told GPB: "I think churches are probably the first you will see. That is probably the easiest challenge because of the separation of church and state.”

Bearden in the past has pushed to allow concealed weapons in more public places, including MARTA.

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