As the Georgia Legislature advances an extreme permit-less carry bill being pushed by both Brian Kemp and David Perdue, Georgia law enforcement officials – from Columbus to Macon to Savannah – are warning about the dangerous legislation. The proposal — which 70% of Georgians oppose — allows the carrying of firearms in public without a permit, effectively eliminating part of the background check process which anyone wanting to carry a concealed firearm currently must undergo.
Permit-less carry has also faced opposition from law enforcement officers throughout the country, including in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.
States that have passed permit-less carry laws saw aggravated assaults with a gun spike up to 65%, while states that weakened their firearm permitting system saw up to a 15% increase in violent crime. Georgia already has the 17th highest rate of gun deaths in the nation, with the rate of gun deaths increasing 20% from 2009 to 2018.
Read more about what law enforcement officials, Republicans, former law enforcement officers and other Georgians are warning:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Law enforcement split on practicality of ‘permit-less’ carrying of handguns in Ga.
Here’s what law enforcement officials across the country are saying:
ABC News (Alabama, Indiana, and Ohio): Permitless gun carry laws draw opposition from law enforcement
The Advocate (Lousiana): ‘An absolutely terrible bill’: Sheriffs, police chiefs urge lawmakers to oppose permitless carry
The Hill (Ohio): Ohio governor signs permitless concealed carry bill
Associated Press (Tennessee): Tennessee GOP pushes gun bill over law enforcement concerns
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