Pastor James Brown Jr. of the Covenant Baptist Church in Barnesville, Ga., wants his state legislature to pass a bill that permits churchgoers to carry firearms to worship at his church. Joining him in the effort is Pastor Joe Morecraft of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming, Ga.

And the campaign is just getting started.

The bill, HB 54, was introduced in late January by Republican state Rep. Bobby Franklin, who serves the state’s 43rd district.

If passed, it will repeal a section of a law prohibiting individuals from carrying guns in a church setting. Currently, the state’s “Common Sense Lawful Carry Act” (SB 308) prohibits guns in government buildings, courthouses, prisons, schools, nuclear facilities, mental health institutions and places of worship.

“First, it is a God-given and constitutionally protected right in America and throughout the states,” explained Brown. “Our Founding Fathers made it explicitly clear it was the right of the people ‘to keep and bear arms.’ In 1770, Georgia passed a law requiring guns to be carried to church. While some say things have changed since the 1600 and 1700s, one thing has not changed – man’s depraved heart. The same reasons they passed the law then, is the same reason why we should remove the prohibition today.”

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