Next door, Alabama has become the first state in 2022 to pass constitutional carry into law (effective January 2023). Around the country, a number of other states including Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida are either awaiting governors’ signatures or considering constitutional carry legislation. Now Georgia is making its own push to expand the southern permitless carry corridor. Fox 5 Atlanta reports:
The Georgia House has approved a bill that would allow gun owners to carry their firearms in public without a permit.
House Bill 1358 passed 94-57 on early Friday evening, moving to the Senate for more debate. The Senate last month passed a similar measure.
In a tweet Gov. Brian Kemp praised the House for its vote.
It’s great to see so much support for the 2nd Amendment, as the General Assembly considers bills to uphold this fundamental right.
I am committed to working with both the Georgia House and Senate to get Constitutional Carry across the finish line!
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) March 11, 2022
“It’s great to see so much support for the 2nd Amendment, as the General Assembly considers bills to uphold this fundamental right,” Kemp wrote. “I am committed to working with both the Georgia House and Senate to get Constitutional Carry across the finish line!
While those who support the measure said the government should not infringe on citizens’ Second Amendment rights, opponents argue those rights are not absolute.
Sen. Jason Anavitarte, the Republican co-sponsor of the so-called constitutional carry legislation, said gun purchases would still trigger background checks, and criminals were unlikely to go through the state’s permit process anyway. He also rejected concerns about the bill’s effect on violence.
“The requirement to have a permit does not deter nor disincentive a criminal from carrying a firearm concealed,” he said before the Judiciary committee passed the bill. “They will do it regardless. Permitless carry gives criminals a reason to fear that any potential victim could be armed.”
Bills in Ohio and Indiana are currently waiting for those states’ governors’ signatures, but if Georgia wraps up its constitutional carry effort early this week, Gov. Kemp could make the Peach State the 23rd state in America to enshrine constitutional carry as law.
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