Georgia State Gun Laws

by Georgia Concealed Carry on February 28, 2013

Last Updated: February 28, 2013

State Constitutional Provision

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.”  Article 1, Section 1, Paragraph VIII.

Reciprocity

The following states recognize Georgia’s Weapons Carry License:

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

A map of the reciprocity states can be found here.

Georgia recognizes licenses from the following states:

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

Purchasing Firearms

You do NOT need a permit/license in the State of Georgia to purchase or own a rifle or handgun.  It is however unlawful for any person convicted of a felony to possess, receive, or transport any firearm.

Age Requirements on Handguns

  • It is unlawful for a person under the age of 18 to possess a handgun
  • It is unlawful to furnish a handgun for a person under the age of 18
Under the following circumstances, a parent or legal guardian may furnish, and a minor may possess, a handgun: attending a hunter education or firearms safety course; engaging in practice or target shooting at an established shooting range authorized by the jurisdiction where it is located; engaging in organized competition or practicing for a performance by a group organized under 26 U.S.C. 501 (c)(3); lawful hunting or fishing with the permission of the land owner if, whenever the handgun is loaded, it is carried only in an open and fully exposed manner; traveling to and from the above activities if the handgun is not loaded; or on real property under the control of the minor’s parent, legal guardian or grandparent with the permission of the minor’s parent or legal guardian to possess the handgun.

Registration of Firearms

Georgia does not require the registration of rifles or handguns.

Carrying Firearms

As long as you are not prohibited from owning/possessing a long rifle, you are not require to have a license to carry one.

You must have a Georgia Weapons Carry License to open carry/conceal a handgun.  There are exceptions to this as a license is not required under these circumstances:

  1. You may carry openly or concealed at your home or place of business.
  2. You may transport a firearm in a vehicle as long as it is unloaded, enclosed in a case, and is separate from ammunition.
  3. You may transport a firearm in your private motor vehicle as long as it’s carried in a fully exposed and open manner, or is in the vehicle’s glove compartment.
  4. You may openly carry a firearm while hunting or fishing or sport shooting, provided the person so carrying has any necessary hunting or fishing license, and has written permission from the owner of the land on which the activity is being conducted.  Important: the handgun must be carried in an open and fully exposed manner.

Resources

Additional information may be found at the following websites:

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

http://www.georgiapacking.org/law.php

 

CAUTION: Firearm laws are subject to frequent change and court interpretation. This summary is not intended as legal advice or restatement of law. This summary does not include federal or local laws, ordinances or regulations. For any particular situation, a licensed local attorney must be consulted for an accurate interpretation. YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL.