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Gov. Kemp Applauds Unanimous Passage of Citizen’s Arrest Overhaul

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Governor Brian P. Kemp today issued the following statement applauding the passage of HB 479, an overhaul to Georgia’s citizen’s arrest statute, following a unanimous vote in the Georgia House of Representatives:

“The unanimous passage of HB 479 by the Georgia House is an important step in our efforts to root out injustice in the Peach State, while also protecting the sacred right to defend oneself and others,” said Governor Kemp. “With broad, bipartisan support, our overhaul of the citizen’s arrest statute strikes a critical balance between protecting the lives and livelihoods of our families, our friends, and our neighbors, and preventing rogue vigilantism from threatening the security and God-given potential of all Georgians.

“This legislation is first and foremost about doing our part to leave behind a better Georgia for our children and grandchildren. I want to thank Representative Bert Reeves (R – Marietta), lead sponsor of HB 479, and every member of the House for doing what is right for the people of Georgia. I look forward to the bill’s passage in the Senate as we continue to work toward a safer, more just future for all who call the Peach State home.”

News provided by Metro Atlanta CEO – March 12, 2021.