The Georgia Supreme Court delivered a blow to gun rights activists Monday in a ruling that said a law that prohibits guns at school property trumps one passed at the same time that allowed firearms inside school safety zones, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The ruling came in a challenge the gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.org brought after the governor signed two conflicting bills passed by the 2014 Legislature. On April 22, 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 826, which allowed licensed gun owners to bring their weapons onto school property. The next day Deal signed House Bill 60, which said the only time guns are allowed on school property is when someone is dropping off or picking up a student; otherwise guns on school property was specifically prohibited.
The justices said in the unanimous decision that if the two laws "cannot 'reasonably stand together,' the later enacted bill controls. … We agree with the trial court's conclusion that their provisions relating to the carrying of weapons within a school safety zone are in irreconcilable conflict."