NRA's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the Georgia legislature for passing Senate Bill 319, NRA-backed legislation that allows law-abiding gun owners to carry a firearm without a permit from the state.
"There is no reason a law-abiding person should need government permission to carry a firearm for self-defense," said Jason Ouimet, executive director of NRA-ILA.
Constitutional carry allows anyone who is legally allowed to posses a firearm to carry that firearm without a permit from the state. It will not affect previously issued permits to carry and allows those who still wish to obtain a permit in order to carry in states recognizing Georgia permits to do so. It also does not allow anyone prohibited under state or federal law from possessing a firearm to carry a firearm.
"Georgia has long supported our Second Amendment rights. By passing this bill, the legislators demonstrated that commitment and helped preserve the God-given freedoms on which this country was founded," Ouimet concluded.
Georgia is now the 25th state, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, 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, to pass legislation allowing law-abiding individuals to carry a concealed handgun without a government-issued permit.