Ga. bill that would remove permit restriction for concealed weapons heads to Senate

By Jeremy Redmon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Georgia House jumped back into the long-running debate over gun rights Monday, approving legislation that would allow motorists to conceal loaded firearms in their cars without a permit.

Proponents say House Bill 89 would let motorists keep firearms in easy reach to defend themselves against carjackers and other criminals. But critics say the measure would circumvent the state's concealed handgun background check requirements and endanger police making traffic stops.

The House approved HB 89 on a bipartisan vote of 130-38 Monday, capping its first extended — and heated — debate of this year's legislative session.

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