Attorneys for Upson county, Truitt Mallory and Ed Trice, were in federal court in Macon Monday for a hearing on a guns in church lawsuit brought by Thomaston pastor Jonathan Wilkins of the Baptist Tabernacle and GeorgiaCarry.org.
The judge denied a request for an injunction that would allow guns in church and the attorneys say they plan to join the state and file a motion to dismiss the case.
The law suit was originally filed in Upson Superior Court then moved to U.S. District Court. Upson County Manager Kyle Hood and Governor Sonny Perdue have been added as defendants.
The plaintiffs contend first and second amendment issues are involved but attorney Mallory says the county disagrees.
The state Attorney General’s office had an attorney at the hearing and the judge gave both sides thirty days to file written briefs to support their positions.
Attorney John Monroe of Roswell is representing the plaintiffs. The Reverend Wilkins claims he works alone at the church sometimes and needs a firearm for protection.