Georgia Firearms Licensing Bill | Senate Bill 319

Proponents of constitutional carry have said guns are only dangerous in the hands of ill-intentioned people.

ATLANTA – Governor Brian Kemp plans to sign a invoice which passed the legislature on Friday eliminating the requirement for a firearms license. Republicans passed the election-year measure over objection from Democrats.

The law project has been an election priority for Republicans. And he has plenty of Democratic detractors. The bill has been one of the most controversial measures this year.

Constitutional support:

  • eliminate the need for a government permit to carry a firearm in public.
  • it would still be illegal for convicted felons to carry arms
  • as well as anyone deemed to have a mental illness.

Critics insist the bill will make cities more dangerous.

“There’s a narrative about crime, especially in Atlanta,” said Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta). “Let’s talk about why it’s a problem. Part of the reason – a sizable part, I think – is that everyone has guns.”

Currently, state law requires a license to carry firearms. There is a probate court application, a background check, and a fee of up to $75. Those permits would still be available — and useful for gun owners who want to transport guns to other states that recognize Georgia permits.

Proponents of constitutional carry have said guns are only dangerous in the hands of ill-intentioned people.

“Let’s stop blaming an inanimate object,” said Sen. Randy Robertson (R-Columbus). “I’ll tell you why violent crime is on the rise. It’s because mothers, fathers, churches, educational institutions and others have abdicated their responsibility to raise responsible adults.”

Kemp and his GOP opponents, Sen. David Perdue, both pushed lawmakers to pass the bill. Their Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, opposes the bill and calls it “criminal carry”.

Norman D. Briggs