Georgia State Gun Laws
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.
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
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
Registration of Firearms
Georgia does not require the registration of rifles or handguns.
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:
- You may carry openly or concealed at your home or place of business.
- You may transport a firearm in a vehicle as long as it is unloaded, enclosed in a case, and is separate from ammunition.
- 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.
- 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.
Additional information may be found at the following websites:
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.