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Criminal Carry

Guns are the #1 killer of Georgia kids, and Georgia has the 9th highest rate of gun violence in the country. 

 

But Brian Kemp doesn’t care about protecting our communities from gun violence. He is moving Georgia backwards on gun safety — he signed a new “criminal carry” bill into law, making it easier for criminals to carry concealed handguns in public without a permit or its background check process.

 

The new gun safety loophole created by Kemp’s “criminal carry” law has caused major concerns among law enforcement officers and mayors across our state, and comes as gun violence is already rising in Georgia. But he ignored those concerns and made it a top priority to pass a law that threatens our public safety.

report revealed that Kemp took over $50,000 in political contributions from Daniel Defense, the company that manufactured the AR-15 used in the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The contributions included a $25,000 donation less than a month before Kemp signed into law his extreme “criminal carry” bill into law.

 

States that passed similar laws saw violent crime rise. Kemp’s dangerous new law increases the risk of gun violence in Georgia, and is just another example of how he’s willing to gamble with our lives to score political points. “Criminal carry” will only bring more gun violence to our communities — that’s why 70% of Georgians oppose it.

 

So why did Kemp pass a law correlating with more gun violence? There’s a simple answer — politics. Brian Kemp is seeking re-election and pushed “criminal carry” to appeal to Republican primary voters, with seemingly no concern for the public safety risks of hidden, loaded guns being carried in our communities without background checks.

 

No re-election campaign is worth endangering Georgians’ lives. We deserve better than a governor like Brian Kemp who puts his political career over public safety.

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“I think it would probably cause an increase in gun crimes,” said Colonel Henderson Carswell, Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

(41NBC, 1/6/22)

 

“The proliferation of guns on our streets has made our job more dangerous, the public more vulnerable, and put the possibility of violence by irresponsible and immature gun owners on a literal hair trigger,” said Rodney Bryant, recently-retired Chief of the Atlanta Police Department.

(AJC, 5/31/22)

 

“I think what we’ve got in place now, it works for us,” said Lieutenant Gary Mills, Mercer University Police Department. “I think if it changed without restrictions, I think it could put us backward…my personal opinion, there should be restrictions in place for gun carry.”

(The Mercer Cluster, 2/28/22)

 

Muscogee County Sheriff Greg Countryman said law enforcement officials would be in “uncharted waters” by making it more difficult for them to determine whether an armed individual is legally carrying their weapons.

(Washington Post, 4/2/22)

 

“You know, I believe in the Second Amendment, but I do believe there should be some restrictions placed on people carrying," said Chief Gary Collins, Mercer University Police. "There are a lot of people out there carrying guns now, no license whatsoever, no background checks, you know, just any and everybody, could have a gun."

(The Mercer Cluster, 2/28/22)

 

“Why now? Why is this coming up now?’ asked Roy W. Minter, Jr., Police Chief in Savannah, who noted his city had more than 100 guns stolen out of unlocked vehicles last year. “One of the concerns I have [with the legislation] is more people leaving their guns in cars, people leaving their guns in other places, because now there is more freedom to have that gun with them.”

(Washington Post, 4/2/22)

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