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Reaction pours in after Kemp seeks to loosen handgun rules

Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 10:04 AM EST
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ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp joined members of the General Assembly and gun rights advocates to make an announcement regarding the expansion of law-abiding Georgians’ Second Amendment rights.

Kemp and his wife visited a gun shop outside Atlanta on Wednesday to announce his support for legislation that would change the need for a license to carry a handgun in public.

More than 20 other states allow concealed weapons in public without a permit. Opponents have said such laws escalate the danger to law enforcement and the public.

“Building a safer, stronger Georgia starts with hard-working Georgians having the ability to protect themselves and their families,” Kemp said.

Kemp said there is a growing need for people to be able to carry a gun without government approval.

Reaction poured in from across the state.

Nelson Burnett, owner of Center Mass Firearms in Camilla, said there needs to be a full vetting process for those interested in owning a weapon.

“I think it’s a good idea for them to have a background check done on them and have to have a carry license. What it does, it gives the public or the government enough to make sure that only law-abiding and honest, upstanding citizens are toting firearms. So, I would not be in favor of the governor doing away with that,” Burnette said.

Charles Goodson, the owner of ESC Firearms and First Aid Training in Albany said, either way, this will not keep the wrong people from owning a gun.

“Criminals are already not going through and getting their weapons license and they still have the ability to get weapons. Going through and outlawing weapons is never going to take weapons out of the hands of criminals. Be a responsible gun owner, have the training, know how to store your gun when it’s not in your possession. Keep your family safe, keep your children particularly safe,” Goodson said.

From reports by WRDW/WAGT and WALB