"Constitutional Carry" bill into law amidst recent gun violence in the United States
Constitutional Carry – Georgia 2022
Gun violence has brought attention to gun laws all over the country and the state of Georgia is no exception. Recently, Gov. Brian Kemp has signed Senate Bill 319 into law. This is commonly referred to as the “constitutional carry” bill. This law went into effect July 1st, 2022, and allows Georgia residents to carry a firearm, open or concealed, without the need to obtain a permit from the State. Previously, you had to obtain a license from your local Probate court in order to carry a weapon outside of your home or your vehicle. You are no longer required to seek that permit. This means that anyone who can legally purchase and own a firearm can take the firearm with them wherever they go, with some exceptions.
There are limitations to the right carry a fire arm
There are some restrictions to note that were inspired by incidents of gun violence. You are not allowed to bring a firearm into a place of worship or church. You are also not allowed to bring a weapon into any city, county, state or federal government buildings. You cannot bring a weapon into any jail or prison. You cannot bring a weapon into the airport either.
Some people do not qualify to carry a firearm
There are very few restrictions outside of those listed above. However, this does apply only to people who are otherwise allowed to own a firearm. There are several categories of individuals who are not allowed to own or carry a firearm ever: anyone convicted of a felony, anyone convicted of
domestic violence, anyone who received in-patient treatment for mental health issues, or other disqualifications ordered by a court. Georgia does not distinguish between “open carry” and “concealed carry”. A lawful gun owner will have the right to carry their weapon in any
form or fashion after July 1, 2022.
Arm yourself with information before you carry
For those considering engaging in the practice or carrying a weapon, www.georgiacarry.org has some words of wisdom: “if you choose to open carry, consider the impact you will have on those around you. They vote.” This website has a host of other suggestions, recommendations, and clarifications if you wish to know more. At Rohan law we recommend that you get clear about your rights and responsibilities to avoid unnecessary gun violence or charges for violations to laws surrounding weapons.
We hope you found this information helpful. Remember that If you or a loved one are the victim of gun violence, or are charged with a gun crime, or any other crime, you can call to our office. We offer free consultations and are happy to answer your questions and provide you with a case evaluation free of charge. Call us at (404) 923-0446 or book your consultation online here.