Thursday, August 26, 2010

Guns In Church Law Suit

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

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.


  1. I find it a little hard to understand why Upson county is spending money in the current economic situation to promote a stance against a constitutional amendment that the vast majority of citizens in this county strongly support.

    Is there a county ordinance or is it a state law that prohibits a pastor that is licensed to carry a weapon having it on his person while on church grounds?

    Did the Upson county commission vote on moving the suit to federal court?

    Did the commission vote on spending what could turn into tens of thousands of dollars to fight a suit that is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court?

    Criminals don’t obtain permits to carry weapons, they do support any effort to remove weapons from everyone else though. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

    It seems like it would have been far less expensive and made much more sense to just tell the pastor that he is right.

  2. Amen and pass the ammo cause these demoncrats are out to destroy the once God Blessed nation, but now the commies are in the Whitehouse and other places. Go Preacher, and Semper Fi till I die, Amen. May God Bless America always, and Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem always, as I have done since about the age on nine. Praise ye, THE LORD, there is no other way to Heaven except by JESUS!

    Semper Fi, Cpl. of Marines, 1968-72