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Bill would end Georgia gun carry permits, called ‘Constitutional Carry’

A Georgia State Representative profiles a bill that would eliminate in-state carry permits

In the past, Constitutional Carry legislation has been filed in Georgia but has basically gone nowhere. However, that may all change with Georgia’s new governor-elect, Brian Kemp, who has said he would support measures related to Constitutional Carry.

A new bill, HB 2, was pre-filed on November 16, 2018 during the special session by State Representative Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger). Gurtler is known in the Georgia House of Representatives as a staunch gun rights conservative.

Photo: Georgia House of Representatives

In Georgia, you can carry a concealed gun but it requires a background check and a valid carry permit.  The bill looks to eliminate the carry permit, which cost about $85 and is good for five years once issued. However, HB 2 looks to allow Georgia to offer carry permits for those gun owners who want to carry their firearms to other states through reciprocity agreements.

Only legal law-abiding citizens would still be able to carry a gun under the “Constitutional Carry” bill, HB 2, and it would still restrict unlawful individuals such as convicted felons from having a gun. The bill would remove the permit requirement and background checks for law abiding citizens.

In the introduction of Gurtler’s bill, HB 2, it states that “[s]ince objects or instrumentalities in and of themselves are not dangerous or evil, in a free and just society, the civil government should not ban or restrict their possession or use.”

Gurtler was asked by AllOnGeorgia about some particulars of the bill and Gurtler sent the following statement about HB 2:

House Bill 2, otherwise known as Constitutional Carry, makes the Georgia Weapons License optional for law-abiding citizens. Constitutional Carry also protects reciprocity for those who wish to maintain a Georgia Weapons License. Constitutional Carry has nothing to do with the purchasing of a firearm. As it stands now, law-abiding Georgians are taxed millions of dollars annually for exercising their God-given natural rights of self-defense. Under the Constitution and in accordance with our Founding Fathers, “Shall not be Infringed” is a no compromise statement. At least a dozen States have passed Constitutional Carry, and there is no reason why we can’t pass this legislation during the upcoming meeting of the General Assembly with Republicans maintaining control of the House, Senate, and Executive. Especially with the backing of Governor-Elect Brian Kemp, who fully supports Constitutional Carry.

The bill will be assigned a committee in January 2019 by the Speaker of the House David Ralston. Gurtler filed a similar bill last session and it did not move for consideration.

There are roughly 11 states that have Constitutional Carry laws in the United States.

Below is a copy of the bill in its entirety:

HB2 constitutional carry




Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.



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    Nelda Smith

    November 21, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Good article! CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY is a right guaranteed by The Constitution. Let’s hope Governor Brian Kemp gets this passed a.s.a.p. ! I would like to see all law abiding citizens in Georgia following the example of Kennesaw, GA.! Get rid of the anti-Constitutional and communistic GEORGIA POLICE STATE and NO-KNOCK WARRANT LAWS passed by Georgia’s Legislature three years ago and make GEORGIA SAFE AGAIN!

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    Angela Diane Vinson

    February 15, 2019 at 10:30 am

    It is the right of the people to purchase, own and carry fire arms. They want ti take away that right to leave us unprotected so that we’re still conform and give in. I say fight with everything we have to make sure that Georgia becomes Constitutional Carry.

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