Constitutional Carry Passes Georgia Senate, Heads to House

A protester wearing a pistol on his hip stands near the location where a car plowed into a
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Legislation to do away with the permit requirement to carry a gun for self-defense passed in the Georgia Senate on Monday and is headed to the House.

The Associated Press reports that the legislation, Senate Bill 319, passed “along party lines.”

State Sen. Jason Anavitarte (R), sponsor of SB 319, praised the bill’s passage, saying, “Today, we empower good people, law-abiding people.”

State Sens. Elena Parent (D) and Nan Orrock (D) spoke out against the bill, with Orrock suggesting the legislation would perpetuate “the bloody trail of people injured and killed with gun violence here in our state.”

On January 5, 2022, Breitbart News reported Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) announcement that he would sign constitutional carry legislation if it made it to his desk, also expressing optimism that he would see this by spring of this year.

Kemp noted, “I believe the United States Constitution grants our citizens the right to carry a firearm – without state government approval. For law-abiding Georgians, their carry permit is the founding document of our nation.”

Brandon Oathout of Johnstown, N.Y., attends a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. A few hundred people gathered for the rally pressing for repeal of the state's new tough laws that were enacted a month after the Newtown, Ct., school massacre. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Brandon Oathout of Johnstown, N.Y., attends a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol (AP Photo/Mike Groll).

There are currently 21 constitutional carry states. Those states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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 and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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