(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – This week, Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill into law that removes the requirements for gun owners to be licensed and have completed a background check to carry a weapon in public.
The legislation dubbed the “Constitution Carry Act” drew praise from the state’s gun owners and was signed into law shortly after lawmakers in both Chambers passed the bill earlier this month.
Kemp, who joined supporters outside a Gable Sporting Goods in Douglasville, said the law would give citizens the right to protect themselves in public.
Addressing the crowd, Kemp acknowledged: “SB 319 makes sure that law-abiding Georgians –law-abiding Georgians, including our daughters and your family too — can protect themselves without having the permission of the state government.”
Kemp added that it wasn’t the government but rather the Constitution of the United States that “gives us that right.”
He then mentioned that other legislation — HB 219, which he also signed into law — “ensures that individuals who are licensed to carry in another state are also authorized to do so here in Georgia.”
HB 219 recognizes and accepts conceal carry permits from other states in Georgia.
Following the passage of both laws, critics were quick to criticize.
Democratic State Rep. Kimberly Alexander shared her objection, stating that the legislation “will potentially allow individuals with a criminal history who purchase a gun through a private seller to legally carry a hidden, loaded weapon in our communities.”
Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Perdue also criticized Kemp for signing the bill, but not for safety concerns. Instead, the Senator lambasted Kemp for taking four years to sign the bill.