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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Beth Patterson February 11, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Absolutely! Criminals are carrying without permits for goodness sakes. Makes perfect sense. I'm sure it wouldn't be difficult to put in place being that other states have already implemented this program.
JACQUE February 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
As far as I'm concerned obtaining a permit is just another useless government regulation and a way for the government to intrude on my life to get money from me. I've yet to see a criminal who had a permit to carry!
phat shantz February 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
At what point in our enlightenment will we realize that our right to protect ourselves is not derived from government and that any attempt to define when, how, and who may protect themselves or their loved ones (while simultaneously defining prohibitions) is just an elitist's form of well-meaning tyranny. It is, nonetheless, tyranny.
william v moore sr February 12, 2012 at 12:13 AM
as far as im concerned it should be this way across all of america!!!
Rick Ormandy February 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Absolutely. Permitting processes are nothing but methods for governments (city, state) to get revenue. Those who commit crimes do not get permits.
Dom Ersi February 12, 2012 at 06:14 AM
"Law abiding citizen" be allowed to carry? Sure, but how exactly is someone deemed law abiding? How is someone deemed mentally stable? VIA a permit. Getting the permit is a process of making sure the applicant is law abiding.
Robert Smock February 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
We have a rash of murders by gun all across the State of Georgia. Those persons committing these acts do not bother to obtain permits for their guns! Those states where Constitutional carry is the law have reduced gun crime rates because the perpetrators have no way of knowing who is armed and might possibly retaliate! This should be the law all across America!
Josh Crane February 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
My permit is the 2nd Amendment.
Gaetana Pipia February 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
As of 10 a.m. on Monday, we've received 391 votes in our poll with 86 percent in favor of Constitutional Carry. Also, I'm curious, did anyone specifically move to Kennesaw for its gun law? If so, please e-mail me at gaetana.pipia@patch.com. I'd be interested in talking to you!
R.Matthew Hardin February 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Although I am all for Constitutional Carry, I would still prefer the option of a Carry License. At least until Constitutional Carry is the right all across the country. I just don't agree with it being a requirement. Right now Georgia reciprocates with many other states. If we do away with our WCL completely, we will no longer be able to carry in those other states. So, yes I am all for Constitutional Carry, but I would very much like to keep my license for the time being.
Samuel Cotton February 13, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I agree that we should not have to pay or submit anything to the state or federal government to caarry, it was not required bvack when this country was formed and framed and it shouldn't be now. Why should I have to ask permission to carry when my constitution already says that I have the right to bear arms...? so many states already havethis in law and this should have been done a very long time ago! do you actually think that criminals have a permit to carry?/ Hell no they don't so why should us law obiding citizens have to pay to have the right to carry? I will support and sign every and any petition or legislative action that is on this rold! how do we get this introduced into INDIANA AS WELL? someone point me in the right direction, then maybe when we get enough states to accept our natural given 2nd A right, then the fools like DC,Ill,NY and the rest of the fools will get pushed out right where they belong, out of our business and out of our lives and onstitutional rights!!!! Those are theh real AMERICAN VALUES IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY!!BOOT THE GUN GRABBERS OUT OF OFFICE and carrry on the way that the USA!!
Jane Scroggins February 16, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I totally agree! I'd prefer to keep my license esp. since I live right on the Tennessee state line.
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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