Senate Bill 319, Georgia’s Constitutional Carry bill, was passed in the Georgia Senate 34-22 and is now going to Governor Brian Kemp’s desk for signature.
“This is a great day for gun owners as fully half of the states in America will have restored the constitutional right to bear arms without government infringement or taxation on that right,” declared Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “And it’s thanks in part to the tireless work of National Association for Gun Rights members in Georgia lobbying their lawmakers – demanding Georgia become the next Constitutional Carry state.”
Governor Kemp tweeted on April 1 that he looks forward to signing the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2021 into law. Kemp stated “I look forward to signing the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2021 into law soon and fulfilling another promise I made to the voters of this state.”
Basically, Constitutional Carry is the concept that any lawful individual who can already own a handgun can also carry that handgun concealed or openly without having to acquire a government permit or pay a tax to engage in an activity that is allegedly a right.
“The good people of Georgia have waited a long time to have their rights restored, and the National Association for Gun Rights and it’s Georgia members call on Gov. Kemp to sign the bill without delay,” Brown said in his concluding remarks.
Once Georgia embraces Constitutional Carry, it will join Alabama, Indiana, and Ohio in passing this legislation during the 2022 legislative cycle. Constitutional Carry stands out as the most successful right-wing political issue of our era.
Prior to Barack Obama assuming office in 2009 there were only 2 states with Constitutional Carry — Alaska and Vermont. Now, there are 24 states with Constitutional Carry, with Georgia potentially bringing that number to 25.
Constitutional Carry continues to be a winner. Should states like Florida follow the aforementioned states’ lead, we could witness all red states adopt Constitutional Carry within the next 5 years. Gun owners should continue cranking up the pressure and use the energy from the Constitutional Carry movement to push for stronger pro-gun reforms from nullification to fully extricating accessories from the ATF’s grasp.
We should celebrate these victories but continue pushing forward because our enemies will not rest.
José Niño is a freelance writer and political analyst based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook or Twitter. Get his premium newsletter on political strategy here. Subscribe to his Substack here.
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