Parent sues Gwinnett to carry gun at school

A Gwinnett County parent has filed a lawsuit against the school district claiming it is violating his rights by preventing him from carrying a firearm at his child’s elementary school.

The parent, Phillip Evans, said he contacted the Gwinnett district to see if he could carry a gun at Centerville Elementary School in Snellville. Evans told officials that he believed legislation passed into law earlier this year, House Bill 826, allows licensed gun owners to lawfully carry a firearm on school property.

A Douglas County man filed a similar lawsuit in May, the AJC reported.

A Gwinnett official told Evans he would be committing a crime by carrying a gun at the school. Evans hired attorney John R. Monroe, who filed a lawsuit against the school district on Tuesday.

District officials said licensed gun owners cannot carry a firearm on school-owned or leased property. The gun owner must keep the firearm in a locked compartment of the vehicle, when picking up a child on school grounds, Gwinnett officials said, citing another bill signed into law this year, House Bill 60.

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