Georgia governor aims to loosen rules for carrying handguns

Georgia governor aims to loosen rules for carrying handguns

FILE – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp answers questions from reporters during a news conference, March 17, 2020, at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga. Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue will challenge Gov. Kemp for governor, he announced Monday, Dec, 6, 2021 setting up a bitter 2022 Republican primary fight while Democrat Stacey Abrams is likely to await the winner. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, File) ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will push for a new state law that would loosen requirements to carry a handgun in public, as he aims to blunt a primary challenge from fellow Republican David Perdue in this year’s governor’s race. Kemp and his wife are scheduled to join state lawmakers and gun rights advocates at a gun shop outside Atlanta on Wednesday to announce his support for legislation that would do away with the need for a license to carry a handgun in public — either openly or concealed on one’s body — according to draft remarks obtained by The Associated Press. The shop in Smyrna, Adventure Outdoors, bills itself as the “world’s largest gun store.” “Building a safer, stronger Georgia starts with hardworking Georgians having the ability to protect themselves and their families,” Kemp’s draft remarks read. “In the face of rising violent crime across the country, law-abiding citizens should have their constitutional rights protected.” More than 20 other states allow concealed weapons in public without a permit — or what supporters call “constitutional carry,” according to Stateline, an initiative of […]

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