Brian Kemp, the Republican Governor of Georgia, officially signed into law a bill that cements Georgia as a constitutional carry state which means that all residents are allowed to carry handguns without the need to get a license or a background check to receive a permit.
Titles SB-319, the bill was signed just a month in the wake of the Senate, which is currently Republican-led, passing the legislation, all cementing Georgia as the 25th constitutional carry state in the country.
“SB 319 makes sure that law-abiding Georgians, including our daughters, and your family too, can protect themselves without having to have permission from your state government,” announced Kemp at the signing event outside of a well-known local sporting good store, Gable Sporting Goods, located in Douglasville, where he claimed that he had previously purchased handguns for one of his daughters. “The Constitution of the United States gives us that right, not the government.”
the GOP lawmakers for the state have argued that the previously existing carry permit laws infringed on the Second Amendment rights of its citizens.
Kemp spoke about the concerns some throughout Georgia sported about the changes happening to the old law.
“There is no doubt that we are in challenging times,” Kemp stated to the media, as reported by The Atlanta Journal-Consitution.
“People don’t have to carry if they don’t want to,” he continued. “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.”
Another bill, named HB 218, was signed on Tuesday by Kemp and also allowed all persons with concealed carry permit holders from other states to carry legally within Georgia.
“HB 218 ensures that individuals who are licensed to carry in another state are also authorized to do so here in Georgia,” he stated, as reported by Newsmax.
This signing takes place as Kemp looks down the barrel of an extremely difficult primary challenge in the form of former Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue. Perdue has gotten the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. As of writing, the primary is slated to take place in Georgia on the 24th of May.
This new constitutional carry law was also signed just after Old Uncle Joe restarted his campaign to try and ban all semi-automatic long guns via a speech held on Monday that placed a strong focus on what his administration was going to do in an attempt to reduce and crackdown on Second Amendment rights.
Additionally, the other 24 states that currently sport constitutional carry laws are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.