Governor Kemp says he would sign a bill allowing citizens to carry a gun without a license – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — Republican state lawmakers have pushed a bill that would allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Governor Kemp has now confirmed that if a bill like this reaches his desk, he will sign it.

About 60 people were present for a gun rally on Wednesday to show their support for the right to bear a gun without what they call government interference by having to obtain a license for the right to bear arms.

Governor Kemp headlined the event for the pro-gun organization Georgia Second Amendment, or GA2A.

“And with your support, and with these leaders here today, we’re going to make it happen,” Governor Kemp said.

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Under current Georgia law, carrying a firearm in Georgia without a license is considered a misdemeanor and you can be fined up to $1,000.

Karen Whitlock said Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston that she supports the bill. She and other women say owning guns allows them to protect themselves and not depend on anyone else.

“The average police response time in the region is 11 minutes. I can’t afford to phone and wait 11 minutes if someone is a threat to me in my own home, Whitlock said.

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The bill has passed the Georgia Senate, but has yet to pass the Georgia House of Representatives.

Rep. Matthew Wilson told Huddleston that law enforcement has already told lawmakers that more guns on the streets aren’t the answer.

“But instead, the legislature is going in the opposite direction and just trying to put more guns in more people’s hands. We need to listen to our law enforcement officers right now,” Rep. Wilson said.

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The gun bill would still require federal background checks on all gun sales. Similar bills are also being discussed in 21 other states.

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