Gov. Brian Kemp, R-Ga., signed Senate Bill 319 into law on Tuesday. The self-defense measure protects the constitutional right of Georgians to legally possess a handgun without a state permit.
Surrounded by supporters of the National Rifle Association, Kemp stated that the bill would help create a “safer” Peach State. The governor promised that the measure would enable the citizens of Georgia to protect themselves “without having the permission of the state.”
The law stipulates that Georgians, except for convicted felons and anyone who has been treated for mental health within the past five years, can conceal carry a pistol without a license.
Opposing government overreach, Gov. Kemp stated that the “Constitution of the United States” is the only requirement to acquire a firearm to protect one’s family. In addition, Gov. Kemp also signed House Bill 218 into law on the same day.
The law grants reciprocity to all non-Georgia residents issued a conceal carry permit from another state. “HB 218 ensures that individuals who are licensed to carry in another state are also authorized to do so here in Georgia,” stated Kemp.
Georgia is the 25th state to adopt constitutional carry, and the 4th to do so this year.
Last month, Gov. Holcomb, R-Ind., passed a similar bill into law. The statute allows Indiana residents to equip themselves with a handgun without seeking permission from the Hoosier state.
The legislation garnered significant praise from Second Amendment advocates. “The government should not mandate that law-abiding citizens get permission before exercising their fundamental, constitutional right to self defense,” stated the NRA-ILA.
Georgia’s course of action will take place immediately. Furthermore, with Gov. Kemp’s signature, half of the states in America are now practicing unrestricted carry. The historic achievement is a monumental win for gun rights legislation.