That's a gathering of the public for a common purpose anyway...johnpeace said:It actually says 'church or church function'
I've assumed that means that I'm a criminal when I carry to mid-week bible studies over at fellow church member's homes.
While most LEO's would probably interpret the public gathering law as such, the court of appeals have said that the focus has to be on the gathering and not the place. Which means that it has to be an organized event or function for which the public gather or will gather for. Remember, the key words here are event and function.mzmtg said:
That's the distinction I would draw too. I also believe that the language of O.C.G.A.16-11-127 would support that as well. Look at the last sentence of subsection a; "Nothing in this code section shall otherwise prohibit the carrying of a firearm in any other public place by a person license or permitted to carry such firearm by this part."Broadside Bob said:Wouldn't a public gathering by definition have to happen in a public place? The distinction I would draw is that churches are open to anyone where a private residence (regardless of whether a religious function or activity occurs there) is not.
At no time may a guest enter your home without your invitation or permission. However, anyone may enter a church any time it's open.
Of course, my opinion may be worth LESS than what you paid for it. :ianal:
A similar example is the word baptism, a word that did not exist in English at the time but was transliterated from the Greek to avoid the real translation to "immersion" and thereby protect the church practice of sprinkling or pouring, which was unknown to the early Christians and is unauthorized by God.The Greek word "ekklesia" is usually translated "Church." Unfortunately, the English word "church" is from the old English "cirice," which itself is derived from the Greek, "kyriakos" (meaning "of the Lord"). This is not, however, the meaning of the Greek word "ekklesia" that appears in the Greek New Testament. "Ekklesia" means a called out assembly, a congregation of people gathered together for a particular purpose. Much wrong doctrine has been built on both of these terms which wrongly appear in nearly all English versions.