Poll: Gun Carry Without a Permit?

House Bill 679 would allow law-abiding citizens to carry weapons without a permit.

Gun ownership. It's literally the law in Kennesaw. But what do residents of "Guntown USA" think of a bill that would let law-abiding Georgia citizens carry concealed weapons without a permit?

State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, has introduced House Bill 679, also known as the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2012. The measure would allow anyone who can legally own a gun to carry one without a permit.

The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee heard testimony on the issue Thursday with officials from gun-rights groups arguing in favor of the bill citing the Second Amendment, reported the Augusta Chronicle.

Supporters of the bill also testified that the gun licensing process can be burdensome.

“Individuals have to travel to their county probate, fill out papers, pay a tax, get fingerprinted, submit to background checks and in many cases, wait weeks, if not months, to receive their license,” said Georgia Gun Owners’ Patrick Parsons in a WSBTV video of the hearing. Parsons said 17,000 gun owners had already signed a petition in support of the bill.

The states of Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming, and parts of Montana outside city and town limits, currently have "Constitutional Carry" laws in place.

What do you think? Should Georgians be allowed to carry weapons without a permit? Tell us in the comments, and participate in our poll.


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Steven Lee Cornette February 21, 2012 at 05:01 AM
The following applies for all law biding citizens. Better tried by twelve than carried by 6. I will take my chance's, keep my fire arms beyond all attempt to confiscate and use them to the full extent of the second admendment.
Steven Lee Cornette February 21, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Limit gun ownership to law biding people insures only tyrants and criminals will have guns. Who thinks either is really going to apply for the permit and pay the taxes?
Andy sanders February 24, 2012 at 07:47 AM
Think about this. When is the last time you watched the news and noticed a criminal asking for a gun permit to carry their gun? OR GOING TO A GUN STORE AND SAY, " HI I WANT A GUN TO GO COMMIT A CRIME"? Criminals can and will always have ways of obtaining guns illegally. And what's their purpose? To do harm to law abiding citizens!!!!! If u are legally, mentally, and psychologically capable of buying a gun, why would you not be sane enough to carry one for self defense? FOR ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS (PEOPLE WHO OBEY THE LAW) THIS IS OUR RIGHT. AND SHOULD NOT BE INFRINGED UPON. I agree with constitutional carry 100%.
T. Kristoffersen May 11, 2012 at 09:08 AM
A criminal is also a law abiding citizen until he/she actually commits a crime. Mr. Smith enter the gun shop as a law abiding citizen and buy a gun. The guy in the shop sells him one as he/she is a law abiding citizen. One week later Mr. Smith shoots the mayor! What now? Shall Mr. Smith go back to the gun shop and return the gun as he is no longer a law abiding citizen? Sorry, but seen here from the other side og the Atlantic Ocean I just don't get it!
Nolan S August 24, 2012 at 03:18 PM
You don't get it because you lack the intellectual capacity to understand simple logic. Thanks for playing and enjoy your lack of rights!


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