As we reported last month, the National Rifle Association endorsed Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in the Peach State run for the governor’s office. But that endorsement was apparently outweighed by one from the commander-in-chief for Cagle’s opponent, Brian Kemp. Last night, Kemp defeated Cagle and it wasn’t by a small margin. The Lt. Governor even lost his own home county.
The Kemp victory should be a net gain for gun owners based on Cagle’s record:
- 2013: SB188 (Campus Carry) was introduced twice within that legislative session but Cagle refused to allow the Georgia Senate to have a floor vote.
- 2014: Cagle wanted to have ‘training requirements’ inserted into HB65 when the bill being debated and amended in the Conference Committee.
- 2016: While hosting a forum with Georgia’s religious leaders; Cagle told them that campus carry was not “responsible” and he “does not agree with this and other legislation being pushed upon our state.”
- 2017: The Georgia Legislature passed campus carry but Cagle said it was a “thoughtful compromise” when he allowed College and Career Academies to remain on the exemption list.
- 2017: Cagle sent SB177 (Georgia Constitutional Carry) to die in committee and blocked three additional pro-gun amendments to be heard in the senate.
- 2018: During an interview Cagle stated “Georgia is in a very good position where our gun laws stand today, and I know of no areas where gun rights need to be expanded in the state.”
The NRA-backed a Lt. Governor who waved the NRA flag when Delta decided to cancel its NRA member discount partnership after Parkland. Cagle is the Georgia politician who killed Delta Airlines’ $40 million fuel tax. But that didn’t make him the best choice for Georgia gun owners.
President Trump very publicly backed Brian Kemp.
So why would President Trump back Kemp for the nomination?
It might have something to do with the leaked audio of Cagle criticizing the tone of his party’s values. He said that it had become focused on “who had the biggest gun, who had the biggest truck, and who could be the craziest.”
Kemp, for all his brash attitude and humor is serious about expanding gun rights.
Kemp supports a tax-free holiday for gun buyers, backs constitutional carry, is against gun violence restraining orders. More importantly, he’s worked closely with and was endorsed by Georgia Carry.
Georgia Carry proudly endorses Brian Kemp for governor. We believe that Brian, as a lifelong supporter of our Second Amendment rights and a Life Member of GeorgiaCarry.Org will protect and defend the Constitution of the State of Georgia and the United States on all rights, not just a few of them.
He strongly believes in the preservation and restoration of our Second Amendment rights and the protection of our due process rights enumerated in the Constitution. Our due process rights are also under attack along with our right to keep and bear arms. Many states have passed legislation diminishing due process rights and we have had several bills introduced here in GA to do the same. Without due process, we have no rights at all.
Therefore, we are endorsing Brian Kemp to defend and protect those rights as Governor of the Great State of Georgia!
As a Lifetime NRA Member and Florida resident living twenty miles shy of the Georgia border, I’d like to see the NRA get strongly behind Kemp and others like him. I certainly expect they will.