Georgia and Ohio might be next to join 21 other states that have adopted Constitutional Carry (Permitless Carry) as both head to the House in their respective states.
Georgia Constitutional Carry
Georgia Senate Bill 319, otherwise known as the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2021, was approved in the Senate on Monday with a vote of 34 – 22.
“This law is strictly intended to remove an unnecessary burden from law-abiding Georgians. What everyone in this chamber needs to understand is this: The growing response by law-abiding constituents to hearing these terrible stories (violent crime) is to go buy a gun and protect themselves. They want to protect themselves from the criminals who are committing the crimes,” Dallas Republican Sen. Jason Anavitarte said about the bill.
Ohio Constitutional Carry
On Tuesday, Senate Bill 215 passed the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee with a vote of 8 – 5.
Senate Bill 215, as amended in committee, allows a law-abiding adult who is otherwise eligible to obtain a carry permit to carry a handgun without first having to obtain government permission. This ensures that citizens have the right to self-defense without government red tape or delays. Additionally, this legislation maintains the existing concealed handgun license system, so citizens who still wish to obtain a permit may do so.
This bill would also eliminate the requirement of telling law enforcement officers that you are carrying a weapon during a traffic stop.
Both states would still have the option to apply for a permit giving permit holders the ability to carry in other states that honor that state’s permit.
If you are in either of these states, contact your state representative and ask them to support these two bills.