Georgia Advances Bill That Would Allow Open Carry Without a License

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Georgia’s Senate committee advanced a bill that would allow Georgians to carry a handgun in public without a license. Sen. Jason Anavitarte, the Republican co-sponsor of the constitutional carry legislation said gun purchases would still require background checks. Anavitarte rejected concerns about the bill’s effect on violence. “The requirement to have a permit does not deter … a criminal from carrying a firearm…. Permitless carry gives criminals a reason to fear that any potential victim could be armed.”