As our readers know, the National Rifle Association did not originally support Brian Kemp during the Republican primary in Georgia. Back in April and up to the election, the NRA backed his rival, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, a man with a horrible Second Amendment record in Georgia politics.
Here’s an abridged timeline of Cagle’s 2A 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 “training requirements” inserted into HB65 when the bill being was 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 that 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 his 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 from being heard in the Senate.
- 2018: During an interview with the news, 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.”
Well, at the end of July, it all came crashing down when Kemp won in a landslide. Kemp defeated Cagle, and it wasn’t by a small margin. It was a crushing victory, and the Lt. Governor even lost his own home county.
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.”
President Trump very publicly backed Brian Kemp during the primary. Kemp, for all his brash attitude and humor, is serious about expanding gun rights and very much took a page from President Trump’s playbook on how to reach honest American voters with an honest message.
Now, finally, the NRA has seen the light and is backing Kemp as well. From their official press release through the NRA-ILA.
Kemp supports a tax-free holiday for gun buyers, backs constitutional carry, is against gun violence restraining orders.
More importantly, Kemp has worked closely with, and was endorsed by, Georgia Carry before the July Primary Election.
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’m glad to see the NRA getting behind Kemp, and I hope they do the same with more like him.