Kemp signs bill allowing permitless carry of a concealed handgun in public

Kemp signs bill allowing permitless carry of a concealed handgun in public

Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Tuesday that makes it legal for Georgia gun owners to carry a concealed handgun in public without a license from the state. Second Amendment enthusiasts gathered in front of Gable’s Sporting Goods in Douglasville to watch the Republican make good on a promise from four years ago. Kemp’s signature on Senate Bill 319 etched “constitutional carry” into law. “ People don’t have to carry if they don’t want to,” the governor said. “But this is a constitutional authority that people have and they certainly shouldn’t have a piece of paper from the government to be able to legally carry a weapon. ” Before Tuesday afternoon, gun owners had to file an application for a weapons carry license if they want to carry a concealed firearm in public. But the process is no longer required after the bill signing. Conservative lawmakers and Second Amendment advocates praised the measure as a small change to do away with unnecessary paperwork for individuals already legally able to own a gun. State data shows that a small number of Georgians apply for permits annually and only a fraction are denied. The application process includes a $75 fee and a background check. Caption A large crowd of Second Amendment enthusiasts gathered in front of Gable’s Sporting Goods in Douglasville on April 12 to watch Gov. Brian Kemp sign constitutional carry legislation into law. An analysis conducted by GPB News found that almost all Georgia counties have over a 90% approval […]

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