Georgia Gun Laws
Georgia has very permissive gun laws. In Georgia, there are almost no restrictions on ammunition or other hardware, and the state does not require any kind of licensing or registration for firearms purchases. Open carry and concealed carry are both generally legal with very few restrictions. Georgia is a ‘shall issue’ state, meaning that the governing body must issue a concealed carry permit to any applicant who meets certain qualifications. Due to its permissive gun laws, Georgia is a gun-friendly state for hunters, firearms enthusiasts, and single-gun owners alike.
- Gun Laws at a Glance
- Firearm License Requirements
- Background Checks
- Gun Shows
- Ammunition and Hardware Restrictions
- Prohibited Persons
- Prohibited Places
- Concealed Carry Laws
Georgia Gun Laws at a Glance
|Concealed Carry Premit Required||Yes|
|Open Carry Premitted||Yes with Weapons Carry License|
|Waiting period before purchasing||No|
|Lost and Stolen Firearm Reporting||No|
|Firearms License Required for Purchasing||No|
|Universal Background Check||No|
|Large Capacity Magazine Ban||No|
Firearm License Requirements
Georgia has no laws requiring gun owners to obtain any type of firearms license.
Georgia does not require background checks on the purchase of firearms from unlicensed dealers.
In Georgia, all firearms transfers by licensed dealers must be processed directly through the FBI and are subject to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In order to complete a NICS check, Georgia law requires that the Georgia Crime Information Center provides all criminal history and psychiatric hospitalization records on the prospective transferee.
Concealed weapons permit holders are exempt from this background check when purchasing firearms.
Georgia has no laws regulating gun shows or requiring background checks on transfers made at gun shows. Georgia law explicitly prohibits any county or municipal body from regulating gun shows in any manner.
Hardware and Ammunition Restrictions
|Assault Weapons||No restrictions or regulations.|
|50 Caliber Rifles||No restrictions or regulations.|
|Machine Guns||Georgia permits the possession of machine guns as long as the gun is registered in compliance with federal law.|
|Large Capacity Magazines||No restrictions or regulations|
|Ammunition||No restrictions or regulations|
Georgia prohibits the purchase of a firearm by any person who:
- Is currently on probation as a “felony first offender”
- Has received a conditional release for a felony offense
- Has been convicted of a felony
|Schools||No person may carry a firearm in any location, vehicle, or building owned by, operated by, or leased to any elementary or secondary educational institution.||This prohibition does not apply to: Firearms used for classroom work, as authorized by a teacher. Sport shooting events or firearms training courses A person who has received written permission to carry a firearm by an authorized school official A holder of a concealed carry weapons license A person residing in or visiting a resident within a school safety zone who is outside of a school building or function.|
|Vehicles||Georgia allows anyone who is not prohibited from owning a firearm to carry a firearm in his or her car.||A person with legal control over a piece of property has the right to prohibit firearms on his or her property, including vehicles and boats.|
|Locations and events selling alcohol||Yes, as long as the firearm is carried in compliance with all state laws.||None.|
Concealed Carry Laws
|Notify Officer||Not required.|
|“No Gun” Signs||Not enforced.|
|State Park Carry||Permitted|
Obtaining a Concealed Carry License
Georgia is a “shall issue” state. This means that the governing body must issue a concealed carry license if an applicant meets certain qualifications.
|Requirements for a Concealed Carry License|
|An applicant for a Concealed Carry License in Georgia must:
Concealed Carry Firearms Training
Georgia does not require applicants to undergo any firearms training prior to applying for a concealed carry license.
Concealed Carry Location Restrictions
Even with a proper and valid concealed carry license, you may not carry firearms:
- On school buses
- At school functions
- In school safety zones, including any building or property leased, owned, or operated by any public or private elementary, secondary, technical school, college, university, or other institutes of post-secondary education
- In courthouses
- In a government building if not screened by security personnel
- In churches or places of worship, unless allowed by the authority of the place of worship
- In jails or prisons
- In any state mental health facilities
- On the premises of nuclear power facilities
- Within 150 feet of any polling places when elections are being conducted
- Any place where firearms are prohibited by federal or state law
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