A federal judge has upheld Georgia's law banning guns in churches and other places of worship.
U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the law.
Royal wrote that Georgia's law does not violate constitutional rights to freedom of religion or bearing arms.
The lawsuit had been filed in response to a change in Georgia law last year which removed the prohibition of guns at public gatherings.
The change replaced public gatherings with a more specific list of sites including places of worship, government buildings, polling places and nuclear power plants.
Also Monday, state Rep. Bobby Franklin of Marietta filed a bill that would remove places of worship from the list of locations where guns are prohibited.
Contributors: Rickey Bevington