Governor Kemp Makes Georgia 25th Member of Constitutional Carry Club

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Governer Kemp Makes Georgia 25th Member of Constitutional Carry Club

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-– On Tuesday, April 12, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed SB319, the Constitutional Carry (permitless carry) bill. The bill became effective when the Governor signed the bill.

Second Amendment supporters have been attempting to pass Constitutional Carry through the Georgia legislature for years. Governor Kemp pledged support for the measure in 2018. From fox5 atlanta.com:

Kemp said the bill is a public safety measure.

“SB 319 makes sure that  law-abiding Georgians — law-abiding Georgians, including out daughters and your family too — can protect themselves without having the permission of the state government. The constitution of the United States gives us that right, not the government,” Kemp said Tuesday. “HB 218 ensures that individuals who are licensed to carry in another state are also authorized to do so here in Georgia.”

The governor initially promised the measure when he first ran for governor in 2018, but little was done to advance it. It’s been revived now that Kemp faces opposition in this year’s primary from former U.S. Republican Sen. David Perdue and others. Longtime proponents of gun rights have credited Kemp’s advocacy for moving the issue forward.

In 2022 Governor Kemp is in a tight primary race, in part because of his lack of performance during the 2020 elections. More and more evidence is accumulating of significant irregularities during the election in Georgia, which was a pivotal state in the presidential election.

Governor Kemp vigorously championed Constitutional Carry in Georgia during his primary campaign. The large signing ceremony for the bill was carried out in front of Gable Sporting Goods. Gable Sporting Goods is a long-established sporting goods store in Douglas, Georgia, which is in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

With Governor Kemp’s signature, Georgia becomes the fourth state to pass Constitutional Carry (permitless carry) in 2022, and the 25th member of the Constitutional Carry club in the United States. Half of all states have now restored their legal system to the situation where no permits to carry were required, as was the case in all the United States in 1791 when the Second Amendment, as part of the Bill of Rights, was ratified. The 25 states who have restored the right to carry handguns in most public places, openly or concealed are:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, 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.

With the addition of Georgia, states, where no permit to carry, is required cover about 2,343,089 square miles or 61.6% of the land area of the United States.

Constitutional Carry has become a strong movement as people seek a return to a Constitutionally limited government in the United States. In 2002, only Vermont had Constitutional Carry. It had always maintained the right to carry without a permit, openly or concealed. In 2003 Alaska enacted a Constitutional Carry law. Arizona followed in 2010, Wyoming in 2011, and Arkansas in 2014. From 2015 to 2022, 20 more states joined the club.

Nebraska narrowly failed to join the club, by two votes in its unicameral legislature, the day before Governor Kemp signed Constitutional Carry in Georgia. Pennsylvania and Louisiana both passed bills with strong majorities, only to have Democrat governors veto them.


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.

Dean Weingarten

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TexDad

Has to be said:

The Second Amendment does not give us the right to keep and bear arms. It enshrines and protects that natural human right.

It would be absurd to say, for example, removing the Fourteenth Amendment would mean we have no right to equal treatment under the law and that basic fairness no longer applies. That’s because the Constitution doesn’t grant rights, it protects them.

Wild Bill

You are right about the Second Amendment. But the part about the 14th Amendment is an interesting question.

The 14th Amendment is the device that applied the BOR’s limits on the federal government to the state governments. If the 14th amendment were repealed, would the BOR’s limits on the federal government still apply to the states?

No one is talking about repealing the 14th amendment, but you pose in interesting question.

TexDad

That’s a bit further than my example is intended to take us. I simply meant that in the absence of the equal protection clause, fair and equal treatment with regard to the law would still be right. Just as censorship or religious persecution wouldn’t be any less wrong in the absence of the First Amendment.

The Bill of Rights is a legal implement. It is not the source of what’s true or right.

Wild Bill

Well, you make a good point. Sometimes the issue that we have, just … extend themselves. Which is, by the way, another danger or our court system.

Arizona

Welcome to the party

Grigori

Congratulations, Georgia! I wonder if this will apply to all US citizens or just Georgia residents, as some states have done. Either way, it is a step in the right direction.

john

It’s not that Georgia doesn’t believe in dreams,

they’re unless until you force them into reality.A sign of hope that life can always get better.

Joe

Hey, Pa. & La. it’s time for you guys to vote those DemoRAT governors out of existence.

musicman44mag

Let’s add OrgONEISTAN to that list.

hoss

Funny how when there’s a possibility of loosing their job they do what the promised to do! SCUMBAG POLITICIANS!
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

HLB

“In 2002, only Vermont had Constitutional Carry”

Well, no. We have had Constitutional Carry since the Bill of Rights was ratified at the Federal level and with the 14th Amendment at the State level. The People just used it less and less until now, where they think the states giving out conditional candy is it. Sad.

HLB

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musicman44mag

Way to go Georgia!!!!!! Half way home now. Congratulations.

It’s only a dream in OreGONEISTAN.

musicman44mag

Yes and no. I am not an official spokesperson nor am I an official, so I suggest you do your own homework rather than trust what I say. Yes you can carry open because Oregon is an open carry state so long as you are not a felon, No you can’t carry open in Portlandistan even though it is legal because they will harass the hell out of you. You cannot carry open or concealed in any business that has decided that it is a gun free zone and is marked or in the air port in portlandia and in… Read more »

Wild Bill

I noticed that Kemp said, “The constitution of the United States gives us that right, not the government,” Kemp said Tuesday.”

Well at least he signed it.

ExGob

WELL DONE, GEORGIA! We have reached the halfway mark. I sincerely hope to continue to live long enough to see the day when all fifty states have given their sanction to obeying the dictates of the 2nd amendment to The Constitution Of The United States Of America

HLB

can protect themselves without having the permission of the state government”

Well, no. The law is the permission of the state government. When they want to, they can legislatively nullify that permission. Constitution is different.

HLB

Grigori

I think hitting the halfway mark may make it a little easier to pass it in holdout states like South Carolina. Unfortunately, we have a lot of police chiefs, sheriffs, and LE “organizations” such as the SC Sheriffs Association and SC Law Enforcement Officers Association who will whine loudly that this will make their job harder and more dangerous. Ditto SLED Chief Keel. What these organizations and individuals do not understand, is that our Constitution is not about guaranteeing them a safe or easy job, it is about individual liberty. Also, pro-freedom measures really aren’t likely to make their job… Read more »

swmft

there is a reason it is called floridua,we have the stupidest POLITICIANS in the south

Russn8r

+ a corrupt ‘gun rights’ leader who says those who wrote Red Flag & blocked Con Carry deserve A grades.

“Wilton Simpson is a strong supporter of 2A. Groups attacking Wilton Simpson should stand in line to thank him for not hearing gun control bills. Chuck Brannan is a solid A, true friend to gunowners & 2A.” –Marion Hammer

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SkippingDog

Shortsighted, stupid, and eventually destructive.

Wild Bill

What is it that you think is “Shortsighted, stupid, and eventually destructive.”?

Knute Knute

Well, I think it’s somebody by the username skippingdog. However, I’d bet a lot that skipping dog would disagree with me! I guess I am a gambler after all. 🙂

Wild Bill

I guess that everything is a gamble. I, myself, like to see a subject and a verb. Three adjectives do not a sentence make!
Hey, I want to free float the barrel of an old .22 rifle that I have. It is pretty darn accurate for having been made in 1936. I am wondering about the risk of screwing it up by removing a little of the wood stock against the gain in accuracy! What do you think? Is there a special procedure, or special tools?

Wild Bill

That’s ok, we knew what you meant. My spell check does that to me all the time. Yep, that is probably what he meant. You’ think that he could write a simple declarative sentence, though.