Georgia House Passes Constitutional Carry, Governor Kemp Approves

New Right-to-Carry Case Filed; Second Amendment Advocates Seek Injunction Against Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Public Safety Commissioner Gary Vowell, Cherokee County, and Probate Judge Keith Wood
Georgia House Passes Constitutional Carry, Governor Kemp Approves

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-– On March 11, 2022, the Georgia House passed the Constitutional Carry bill, HB 1358, 94 to 57, with 5 Representatives not voting, and 24 excused. HB 1358 defines a “lawful weapons carrier” as a person who is eligible for a license to carry, any non-resident who would otherwise be eligible for a license to carry, and any person from another state who has a license to carry a weapon in another state. The bill then removes restrictions from carry in many areas which were previously restricted. Here is an example, showing part of the proposed law:

(f) Notwithstanding 16-12-127, any lawful weapons carrier may carry a weapon in all parks, historic sites, or recreational areas, as such term is defined in Code Section 12-3-10, including all publicly owned buildings located in such parks, historic sites, and recreational areas, in wildlife management areas, and on public transportation; provided, however, that a person shall not carry a handgun into a place where it is prohibited by federal law.

A separate Senate measure, SB 319, passed on February 28th, 34 to 22. The two bills now need to be rectified between the two chambers.

One chamber may accept the other’s bill, which would then be sent to Governor Kemp, who is openly championing Constitutional Carry, as a way of bolstering his conservative credentials.

Kemp lost significant credibility during the botched and much-disputed election of 2020. Significant evidence has surfaced showing illegal ballot harvesting may have swung the election.

Governor Kemp, on Twitter, tweeted that he is working hard to “get Constitutional Carry across the  finish line!” From twitter.com:

I am committed to working with both the Georgia House and Senate to get Constitutional Carry across the finish line!

With significant majorities in both chambers voting for bills that are very close in content, one of the two bills will probably be sent to Governor Kemp for signature in the next few days.

It would take a significantly disruptive event for Governor Kemp to veto a bill he has worked so hard to get through the legislature while campaigning for the primary election.

Alabama’s Governor Ivey signed a Constitutional Carry bill into law on March 11th. It will go into effect on January 1, 2022.

An Ohio Constitutional Carry bill is on the desk of Governor DeWine. If he does nothing, it will become law on midnight of March 15th.

Indiana passed a Constitutional Carry bill out of the legislature, to be sent to Governor Holcomb. The bill, with a final designation of HB 1296, has some administrative actions to be taken before it is officially sent to Governor Holcomb. It has to be signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. The Speaker has already signed it. The President (Lt. Governor Susan Crouch) had not signed it as of March 11th. Once it arrives at Governor Holcomb’s desk, he has seven days to sign or veto it before it becomes law.

Nebraska recently voted for cloture on the debate for its pending Constitutional Carry bill, LB 773. This is considered the largest hurdle to overcome in the Nebraska unicameral legislature. At least two more votes are required before the bill would be sent to Nebraska’s governor.

It is possible all four states will pass legislation to restore Constitutional Carry in 2022, bringing the total membership in the Constitutional Carry club to 26.

As of March 11, 2022 there are 22 members of the Constitutional Carry club. They are listed below:

Alabama*, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

*Alabama’s legislation will not take effect until January 1, 2023.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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I Haz A Question

Mr. Weingarten, I always enjoy your articles, and I appreciate your attention to detail.

Which is why I am surprised you published an incorrect effective date for Alabama’s CC law. It goes into effect January 1, 2023, not 2022.

On a different note, I’m gleefully waiting for the day we reach 26 total States with CC, as that will tip the argumentative scale decisively, and make anti-2A debate and efforts (such as my home CA) even more difficult to support. When over half the nation is properly observing the 2A, how can anyone argue a moral justification against it?

Freedom

Kemp is the biggest DISCRACE over the 2020 election.

Russn8r

Good. Again, ‘ConCarry’ is the go-to meat RINOs use pacify angry natives.

AZ Hobbits felt safe in The Shire with CC so their corrupt RINO Gov helped DemComs steal AZ’s US Senate seats & the White House.

Texans were wising up to Abbott’s betrayals. CC helped him win the primary & keep sabotaging the conservative agenda.

IA “R’s” opposed Hawley-Cruz’s election audit. So, voilà! CC. All’s Well In The Shire!

AL’s Gov Ivey signed CC to deflect from her lockdown betrayals.

Yesterday RINO DeWine.

Today RINO Kemp appeased conservatives after helping DemComs steal the WH & both US Sen seats.

Russn8r

25 years ago, “ConCarry” was commonly called Vermont Carry, and NRA actively sabotaged efforts of legislators to take it to other states.

e.g. NRA threatened to downgrade Colorado State Rep Marilyn Musgrave and tell members she was “anti-gun” if she kept pushing the kind of Permitless Carry they now take undeserved credit for. https://www.gunowners.org/musgrave/

Getting out of the way of “CC” helps appease members angry over massive corruption & betrayals.

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I Haz A Question

I’ve been reading Ammoland daily for years, and I have to admit…the fact that a few specific users here consistently get smashed with downvotes no matter what they post is kinda funny. As I scroll through the comments, my eye always drifts to the “red numbers” to see who got the most on the page.

Juvenile, I know. But funny nonetheless, just because.

Wild Bill

Up or down votes are just shorthand … a convenience, used when time is short.

Russn8r

Running 20 sock puppets must take a lot of time.

Wild Bill

Twenty!? Twenty people, now, regularly show their distain and contempt for you!? Wow, however did you achieve it?

Russn8r

Your socks aren’t people.

john

Kemp had no choice as he seeks reelection any other course of action would have cost him the governorship of the Great State Of Georgia. My guess if a democrat was to get elected in Georgia constitutional carry would be repealed. The are thousands of convicted felons that carry guns without fear they are criminals supported by democratic policies such as no bail reform in democratic controlled sanctuary cities. Opening the prison cells and letting felons back out on the streets. Supporting civil unrest riots during the pandemic. Groups like Antifa BLM have the support of the democratic party. If… Read more »