Georgia’s Democrats aren’t taking the passage of a constitutional carry bill well at all. They’ve released a new video featuring someone described as a former police officer. The video — produced by the Democrats and approved by Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams — is intended to spread fear in the public mind over constitutional carry. And demonize Abrams’ opponent, Governor Brian Kemp.
No permit. No background check.
70% of Georgians oppose it and law enforcement has major concerns.
But @BrianKempGA plans to sign a dangerous "criminal carry" bill into law that weakens public safety by making it easier for criminals to carry hidden, loaded guns in public. pic.twitter.com/NYoDn3M1qX
— Georgia Democrats (@GeorgiaDemocrat) April 5, 2022
In the ad, our oath-breaking alleged expert tells us all that permitless carry will make it easier for people who shouldn’t have guns to get and carry them. Thanks to Georgia’s constitutional carry bill, people like domestic abusers, violent criminals, and the mentally ill will be able to pack heat…when they somehow couldn’t do that before. These ne’er-do-wells are then going to take their new guns into places like movie theaters, churches, and even schools!
The punchline that the video’s producers think will drive their argument home: “Mr. Kemp, I call that criminal carry!”
Assuming the guy in the video really is a former cop, he should know that all of the dangerous people he mentioned are already prohibited from owning and carrying guns. Getting rid of concealed carry permitting requirements won’t somehow suddenly make it lawful for them to carry a gun.
Domestic violence convictions, even at the misdemeanor level, are disqualifiers for gun ownership or possession. Violent criminals? Same thing, if they’ve committed and been convicted of a felony.
As for the mentally ill, “Dennis” should know that people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution are already federally prohibited from owning or carrying a firearm. People with mental health issues who didn’t rise to that level generally aren’t a threat to the public anyway.
But, let’s be real for a minute. As a former police officer, he should know that somewhere between 20-40% of cops are domestic abusers, but that departments actively try to avoid sending such cases to court so it doesn’t ruin careers. So yes, there’s no current shortage of domestic abusers running around with guns, even in states with the strictest gun laws.
“Dennis” should also know that there are plenty of every other types of prohibited persons already carrying guns. Perhaps he’s heard of what happened in Sacramento this past weekend. As a cop, he has no doubt arrested plenty of felons who were carrying guns.
You see, it all boils down to one simple fact: criminals don’t give a damn about laws.
The reality is, for the kinds of prohibited possessors this guy mentions in the video, nothing changes. They couldn’t legally get permits before, not that legal niceties every stopped them. Criminals and other prohibited persons have always carried. Sorry to break it to you “Dennis,” but Georgia has always had criminal carry.
No matter how strict the laws on the books are, criminals will carry firearms. And not just in the US where we enjoy the benefits of the Second Amendment. I’ve seen people carrying guns in Mexico with my own eyes. Even in Taiwan, an island that’s far harder to sneak guns into, I’ve seen someone pull a gun while committing a crime. Name a country and you’ll find at least some criminals carrying guns and using them against innocent people, no matter what the law may say.
So no, constitutional carry won’t bring about criminal carry. We’ve always had criminal carry and we always will. Instead, constitutional carry will lower the burdens law-abiding Georgians have to deal with in order to ensure they’re equipped to defend themselves and their families. Legally.