What constitutional carry legislation would mean for gun ownership in Georgia

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is about to turn up the heat on efforts to make it legal for gun owners to carry firearms without a permit, otherwise known as constitutional carry.

Kemp voiced his support for the legislative shift during a campaign event Wednesday at a Cobb County gun store.

“I look forward to working with the members of the House and the Senate, many who are here today, and groups like the NRA and GA2A on legislation, some of which has already been filed, to get constitutional carry across the finish line this legislative session,” Kemp said at the massive Smyrna gun range and firearms outlet, Adventure Outdoors.

Kemp’s endorsement of the legislation circles back to a pledge during his 2018 campaign for governor.

WABE’s Lisa Hagen joined “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress to break down the context around the announcement, and what it might mean for Kemp’s re-election campaign.

Hagen’s reporting builds off of years of research alongside Chris Haxel of KCUR into a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights — whose members see the National Rifle Association as too soft on gun control measures.

From the national reporting collaborative Guns & America, the podcast “No Compromise” is also available for free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.