On April 12th Governor Kemp of Georgia signed two pro-freedom bills. The most notable, Senate Bill 319 removes the license requirement for a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed handgun.
Georgia Constitutional Carry, House Bill 319 —
By Signing SB 319, Georgia becomes the 25th state overall and the 4th state in the first 4 months of 2022 to pass a constitutional carry law.
Georgia’s SB319 has similar language as other constitutional carry bills. The state permitting program will remain active for folks who want to get a permit for reciprocity reasons. Georgia’s law simply states that any adult who is otherwise allowed to carry a handgun legally may do so without a license.
Georgia House Bill 218 —
I mentioned Governor Kemp signed a second pro-freedom bill, House Bill 218. This law states that Georgia will accept a valid concealed carry license from any state. But the bill even goes further and directs the Georgia Attorney General to enter into formal reciprocity agreements with any state that requires a formal agreement to recognize a Georgia Weapons Carry License.
The gainsayers were outspoken as usual. However, as KPVI News 6 reported, Governor Kemp addressed their claims at the bill signing ceremony, saying:
There is no doubt that we are living in challenging times. Across the country, we’re witnessing liberal states and cities demonize law enforcement, defund police departments, undermine public safety, and threaten the security of countless American families. But we are not going to have that here in our state.
…SB 319 makes sure that law-abiding Georgians … can protect themselves without having to have permission from your state government. The Constitution of the United States gives us that right, not the government.
Congratulations to Georgia gun owners.
The laws take effect immediately.
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