Permit-less carry of handguns clears panel, heads to Georgia Senate floor
The state Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 24, 2022, quickly passed legislation that would let Georgians carry a concealed handgun without first getting a license from the state. - VIRGINIE KIPPELEN/AFP/TNS

ATLANTA — The state Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday quickly passed legislation that would let Georgians carry a concealed handgun without first getting a license from the state. House Bill 1358, which passed the House earlier this month, was amended to instead mirror Senate Bill 319, which was approved on the Senate floor last month. Both bills aim to rid the state of the requirement to first apply and pay for a license before being able to legally carry a concealed handgun. Senate Judiciary Chairman Brian Strickland, a Republican, declined to take public testimony, saying the panel had...