Something about Georgiacarry.org‘s mission seems backwards to me.
Fired up after SCOTUS‘s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, organizations like Georgiacarry.org are funding challenges to an assortment of gun laws. No problem with that, in a First Amendment sense. What’s got me scratching my head is how these organizations project the scope of the Second Amendment. They’ve argued a right to carry guns on trains and in automobiles. What’s the next target? Planes? Admittedly I approach this issue from the opposite direction. Because Georgia now allows guns in nightclubs, I ask which institutions, besides grade schools, remain bipartisan “gun-free zones”?
Today the Fulton County Daily Report (subscription only) reports, “A federal judge has ruled that Atlanta’s mass transit system had the authority to stop a Georgia man who was seen carrying a gun at a train station. U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash ruled Monday that the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority officers had probable cause to stop Christopher Raissi after he tried to use the system while carrying a firearm.” Read the summary judgment decision.
In its haste to champion a recently-established right to carry pistols on Atlanta’s subways, Georgiacarry.org overlooked some nuanced principles of federal law. It did, however, nick MARTA on a violation of the Privacy Act. (The investigating MARTA police officers asked the plaintiff for his social security number without providing adequate disclosures.) I recommend this opinion to any practitioner of the federal courts — very cool, if not counterintuitive, law.