Georgia Reciprocity

by Georgia Concealed Carry on February 18, 2013 · 43 comments

Definition of Reciprocity

rec·i·proc·i·ty  (rs-prs-t)

n. pl. rec·i·proc·i·ties

1. A reciprocal condition or relationship.
2. A mutual or cooperative interchange of favors or privileges, especially the exchange of rights or privileges of trade between nations.

Georgia Concealed Carry

Please note: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL LAWS.

As of July 1, 2013 Kansas has joined the reciprocity.
As of August 13, 2013 West Virginia has joined the reciprocity.

States that recognize Georgia permits

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

It is important to know the laws of the state you are entering, regardless of the reciprocity relationship with the state of Georgia as not all privileged may be extended.  For example, in Florida a Georgia resident in the possession of a Georgia Weapons Permit may carry a handgun however it must be concealed and can not be open carried.

Georgia recognizes permits from these states

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

 

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of the information on this page however reciprocity agreements are subject to frequent change.  The information contained within this website is not offered as legal advice.

Resources

http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-laws/georgia.aspx

http://www.ag.ks.gov/public-safety/concealedcarry/out-of-state-license-recognition  (thank you Jim)

Questions

We receive hundreds of questions each month, which is exactly why this website was created.  As of December 24, 2013 we have started a public forum for people to ask their questions or just hang out and talk guns with similarly minded people.  If you have something to say or something to ask, please visit the Georgia Concealed Carry Forum.  Thank you.

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carlos viteri July 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm

i have a nevada ccw and a utahs ccw can i use either one if i travel to your state?

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Kevin July 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

Unfortunately Georgia does not recognize permits from Nevada however they do from Utah. As long as your follow the gun laws here and carry your permit, you should be fine.

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Louis R. Alexander July 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

This is an excellent web site that is well planned, highly informative with outstanding graphics and text information. It was very helpful for me!
I have a Florida Drivers License and Concealed Weapons Carry Permit. Also, I am a homeowner in both states – - – for more than 40 years in Georgia and 17 years in Florida. My wife is in Hospice Care at A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehab Wesley Woods. She is a quadriplegic flaccid paralysis case and I spend a lot of time at my Lilburn home to care for her. I was concerned about Reciprocity agreements between the states. Keep up the great work – - you are well organized. Thanks LRA

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Kevin July 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

Thank you! This site is a work in progress (and will be until the day I die) so your comments are appreciated.

Your Florida permit is recognized here in Georgia but be aware there are some slight differences in laws, thankfully differences in your favor. I spend a lot of time travelling to Florida so I’m well aware of most of them.

Some important differences to note:

In Georgia you can carry your weapon concealed or open (as long as you are carrying your permit on you).
In Georgia you can carry in a city or county park (this is one that almost got me in trouble in Florida).
In Georgia if you may enter into any privately run business (no government buildings) that have a sign saying NO FIREARMS. I’ll repeat this because I love it so much.. in Georgia you can ignore the NO FIREARMS signs. A special note: If you are asked to leave, do so and please do so respectfully. We have a reputation to uphold.

This reminds me that we really need to put up a FAQ page covering a lot of these. Thanks for the reminder LRA!

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Chris Mazur July 20, 2013 at 3:01 am

Hey All,

Because not all the states recognize Georgia’s CWP, I have one from FLA and am taking online courses for several others that between them I will be able to legally carry in all states except my original home of Illinois. I’m so glad I left there many, many years ago.

Chris

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Kevin October 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Illinois is the last state to implement Right to Carry but still doesn’t allow conceal carry at all and actually requires you to register your weapons if you live in Chicago.

“It is unlawful to carry or possess any firearm in any vehicle or concealed on or about the person, except on one’s land or in one’s abode or fixed place of business.”

.. just crazy.

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Mike January 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

Georgia does not have a CWP.

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Roger July 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Kansas just passed a law that recipricates with all 50 states. When will Georgia approve Kansas on their list ?

Roger

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Kevin October 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Hi Roger, thanks for the update on Kansas. At the time of writing this our map is out of date however we mention below it that Kansas permits are now recognized by Georgia.

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Dave August 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I have a current AZ license, but now live in GA. Do I need to switch my permit to GA, or am I good with carrying here?

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Kevin December 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Hello Dave, do you live in GA now? If you’ve moved here then you need to apply for your Georgia Weapon Carry License. If you’re just visiting GA then you are allowed to carry (openly or concealed) as per the Arizona/Georgia Reciprocity agreement.

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Mike January 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

If you are a Ga. resident, your AZ license is no longer valid here.

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Georgia Concealed Carry January 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

You have to transfer your out-of-state license within 60 days of your arrival as per:

http://www.dmv.org/ga-georgia/change-address.php#New-Georgia-Residents

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Scott September 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thanks for the added info on open carry & carry in parks Kevin. I’m headed to S GA from FL this weekend and although I doubt I’ll open carry it would be nice to be able to tuck my shirt in for a change.

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Kevin December 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Hello Scott. Yes because of the Florida/Georgia reciprocity you’re allowed to carry your firearm in Georgia. One of the nice things you’ll be able to do is open carry if you wish (for those who aren’t aware, you are not permitted to open carry in Florida). You also get to carry in public parks and, one of my favorites, if you encounter a sign outside of a business that says “No Firearms Allowed”.. well, you don’t have to honor it. We don’t recommend openly defying the wishes of business however in GA they don’t have the legal right to deny you your second amendment rights. Please keep in mind that if you are asked to leave, you must leave in a timely manner otherwise you could face trespassing charges.

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Wayne Kelley September 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

I live in Richmond, VA and have been issued concealed carry permit from my County. I will be traveling through Georgia the first week of October and would like to know if I can carry my concealed weapon. If not concealed then possible to carry open and in view in vehicle. Loaded or unloaded. Just want to make sure. Thanks. Wayne Kelley

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Kevin December 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Sorry for being extremely late with this response but I’ll answer it in hopes it might assist others with the same question.

No, unfortunately Georgia does not recognize your Virginia permit so you may not carry it (openly or concealed) while staying in our state. You are however permitted to keep it in your vehicle (loaded or unloaded).

O.C.G.A. § 16-11-126
Having or carrying handguns, long guns, or other weapons; license requirement; exceptions for homes, motor vehicles, and other locations and conditions; penalties for violations

(a) Any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun or long gun may have or carry on his or her person a weapon or long gun on his or her property or inside his or her home, motor vehicle, or place of business without a valid weapons carry license.

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Mike January 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Kevin, I believe that you are allowed to carry anywhere in your vehicle loaded or unloaded. Just not on your person when you get out of you vehicle.

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Mike January 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

Yes Wayne, you may carry your weapon loaded while traveling through Ga. while in your vehicle.

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LInda September 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Going to be on vacation in Savannah for a week.. Georgia does not recognize my Ohio conceal carry license.. I believe I can still keep my firearm in the car but want to be sure how the law pertains to visitors to the State. How do I keep it, concealed, loaded/unloaded, etc while in Georgia.

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Kevin December 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Hi Linda, as a non-Georgia resident you are allowed to keep your firearm in your glove box (loaded or unloaded) but you may not carry it.

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michele October 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Do I need a permit to own a gun in GA if I dont intend on carryign it on my person?? I have a permit to carry in MN but am thinking I am ok with just leaving it in the car. I will only be in GA until April so dont want to get a permit in GA.

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Kevin October 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Hi Michele, unfortunately Georgia does not recognize your MN permit so you will not be able to carry in this state without first applying here. To answer your question, you are safe to keep it in your car, your residence, and your place of work (assuming your employer approves).

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Mike January 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

No permit required to own a gun in Ga.

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Bob Sacramento October 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Hello, this page is a great resource, thx! I have a GA CCW and plan a road trip to NJ; I understand several states that I’ll travel through don’t reciprocate my GA CCW. Can I still have a firearm with me as long as I don’t carry it and leave it, e.g. in the car?

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Kevin October 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Great question, and one we get quite often. Unfortunately NJ does not recognize your GA Weapons Carry License, nor does several of the states you have to drive through depending on what way you go. You will have to follow the laws of each state as you pass through them. A great resource for that is the NRA’s State Laws page:

We hope to summarize their information at a later date and combine it with additional easy to understand rules, but until then, check them out.

A few things about NJ.. they do not recognize permits from any other state, you ARE required to have a Permit to Carry in order to carry, and you may have a firearm in your vehicle however it must be unloaded and in a closed and fastened case, gunbox, securely tied package, or locked in the trunk of the vehicle. Check out the NRA page for specifics.

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Bob Sacramento October 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Thank you Kevin!

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Mike January 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

Georgia does not have a CCW we have a Georgia Weapons Carry License. There is nothing in Ga. law requiring concealed.

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Georgia Concealed Carry January 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

Just expanding on Mike’s comment.

In order to Open Carry (OC) or Conceal Carry (CC) in Georgia you need a GWCL. You do not need a special permit other than your GWCL to conceal a firearm.

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Dennie Reynolds November 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I have a SC CWP, is GA considering adding SC as a reciprocal state.

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Kevin November 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

It’s impossible to tell however some believe that one day we will have a US wide reciprocity (the only issues are the states that refuse to get in line with all the other states and accept the fact that “legal carry” prevents crime, not promotes crime).

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Mike January 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Dennie, please contact your Gov. and Legislatures and encourage them to open reciprocity with Ga.. As soon as they do, Ga. will reciprocate with SC.

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Mike January 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Dennie, there are also several out of state permits you can get to legally carry in Ga.

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Jonathan November 19, 2013 at 12:35 am

I am only 20 yrs of age and have a firearms permit from the state of Alabama which is reciprocated in Georgia. Am I able to carry in Georgia even though Georgia requires its residents to be at least 21 to obtain a firearms permit?

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Kevin November 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

That is a great question and I had to call the Probate Court to confirm.

We do recognize Alabama permits however you are underage in Georgia so there are some possible issues. I called the local police department and they said it’s okay but check with the Probate Court. I called the Probate Court (770-267-1345) and they said it might NOT be okay because of your age however if you are determined to carry, get a copy of the Alabama law stating it’s legal for a 20 year old to carry in your state and bring it with you. You will need to carry your firearms permit as well.

My suggestion if you do plan on carrying, conceal carry not open carry. You would most likely be fine if a LEO approached you but why risk it?

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tommy January 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Do you think GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA will honor each others permits holders any time in the near future?

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Mike January 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I don’t see reciprocity with S. C. anytime soon because of S. C. ‘s training requiremet. But there is hope. A lawsuit is in the works to get S. C. to remove the land ownership requirement for an Out of State permit.

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Mike January 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Tommy,

Are you a Georgia or South Carolina resident? If your are a South Carolina resident, please contact your legislators to let them know you want reciprocity with Georgia. If you are a Georgia resident, join GCO and become a member in the fight.

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Robert Wielinga January 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I would like to know if I am allowed to carry my pistol while we walk in the woods here in Hart County. My wife an I walk daily in the woods and as a habit I always carry. I have I seen walking in the Michigan woods two cougars to date and frequently see black bear. I have a currant valid permit on me at all times. I have no desire to break the law in any way. Am I within the law here. Thank you for your help. Robert.

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Georgia Concealed Carry January 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Hello Robert, thank you for your question. If you have a valid Georgia Weapons Carry Permit (or a valid permit from Michigan) then you are free to carry (Openly or Concealed) while enjoying your walk in the woods.

If you have any other questions or wish to discuss this further, please feel free to register and post in our Forums.

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Mike January 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Robert, If you have a valid permit or license, you are good to go except on COE property surrounding Lake Hartwell.

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patrick April 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

Flying to N Y from Atlanta. Wife and I have Ga carry permits. Renting a U haul to drive back to Ga. Between the airline and the states of No reciprocity is this legal if pistol is unloaded? Or, should we not even try?

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Georgia Concealed Carry April 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

Hello Patrick, here is what NY has to say about you possessing a firearm in their state:

NON-RESIDENTS
It is unlawful for any person to carry, possess or transport a handgun in or through the state unless he has a valid New York license.

A provision of federal law provides a defense to state or local laws which would prohibit the passage of persons with firearms in interstate travel if the person is traveling from any place where he may lawfully possess and transport a firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and transport such firearm and the firearm is unloaded and in the trunk. In vehicles without a trunk, the unloaded firearm shall be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

There have been many rumored stories about people being arrested in the NY airports because they had a firearm in their baggage. I would proceed with extreme caution. If you were simply driving through the state there would be less of a problem however the fact that you will be landing with a firearm in your baggage would make most of us nervous.

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