GA Rep Asks Governor Kemp to Suspend Carry Permit Requirement During State of Emergency

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Georgia State Rep. Matt Gurtler (R) is asking his Governor Brian Kemp (R) to suspend the handgun carry permit requirement during a state of emergency so Georgians can freely carry open or concealed during days of unrest.

GPB quotes Gurtler saying, “It’s imperative that we suspend the enforcement of those weapons licenses.”

He added, “We need to suspend enforcement especially during the state of emergency, when so many individuals need to be able to defend themselves and their families and their loved ones and their property.”

Gurtler’s push to make it easier to carry a gun for self-defense during emergencies met resistance from Democrats, particularly from State Sen. Jen Jordan (D), who said, “The fact that we’ve seen a spike in sales of guns and ammunition underscores just how wrong Gurtler is.”

Jordan did not explain how gun sales disprove the push to allow Georgians to carry guns during an emergency.

The Second Amendment Daily reports that the process for getting a carry permit in Georgia includes visiting your local sheriff’s office.

However, numerous sheriff’s offices are closed due to the coronavirus and these closures “leave gun owners high and dry without the ability to complete all the paperwork and pay the fees that would give them permission to protect their families and their homes.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at



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