Pro-gun group speaks out against Georgia’s new gun law – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — A pro-gun group is taking an unusual stance and speaking out against the governor’s “Constitutional Carry” law.

The fight against gun laws continues in Georgia. Recently, Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed the bill that makes it legal for most people to carry a concealed firearm without a license. Supporters say it protects the 2nd Amendment, but a pro-gun group has said the law is dangerous.

“We want to train African Americans to shoot, to pick up a gun, and to learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Philip Smith of the National African American Gun Association.

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The organization has grown significantly since its inception in 2015.

“We are approximately 45,000 members nationally in over 120 chapters. In Georgia, I would say around close to 2,000 – a lot of people,” Smith said, adding that the number continues to grow.

“Generally, to be honest, looking at African Americans in the country, we haven’t really been introduced to firearms like other communities,” he said.

That’s why they emphasize training and educating everyone about gun laws.

“We are big supporters of the 2nd Amendment. We try to be very open in terms of conversation because obviously some people are not 2nd Amendment supporters,” Smith said.

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Smith said that while they believe in the right to carry, they don’t fully agree with the new act Kemp signed. The “Constitutional Carry” law allows most people to carry a firearm without a license.

Smith said he had concerns.

“I’m afraid you have a lot more people buying guns who aren’t trained in the details of the gun. That’s my biggest fear,” he said.

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Channel 2’s Larry Spruill asked Smith if he was concerned that more African Americans would be victims of gun violence.

“It’s always something or an element that we will take into consideration,” Smith said. “It’s something that’s always top of mind in our minds as black men, as a black community, because we’re often the first to be affected by something. I will be watching this very closely, along with what is happening with our community.

Governor Kemp released a statement on the new law which reads in part: “SB 319 ensures that law-abiding Georgians – including our daughters and your family as well – can protect themselves without having to seek government permission. of State”.

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