Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed on April 12 a bill that allows most state residents to carry a concealed firearm without a license.
Kemp signed the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act into law, allowing those who were previously eligible for a concealed carry license in Georgia to carry a concealed handgun without a license.
The law “makes sure that law-abiding Georgians, including our daughters and your family too, can protect themselves without having to have permission from your state government,” Kemp said during the signing ceremony.
Georgia now becomes one of over 20 states that allow firearms to be carried without a license, according to nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety.
The law does not apply to people who are prohibited from handgun ownership for other reasons, such as minors and convicted felons whose civil rights have not been restored.
Background checks will still be required when purchasing a handgun from a store or a dealer.
Guns in airports and secured government buildings are still prohibited.
Georgians can already carry long guns in many places without a license.
Opponents of the law called it “criminal carry.”
The signing came the same day as a shooting in a New York subway injured at least 29 people, including 10 who were shot.
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