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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.

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
Firearm Registration No
Large Capacity Magazine Ban No

Firearm License Requirements

Georgia has no laws requiring gun owners to obtain any type of firearms license.

Background Checks

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.

Gun Shows

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

Hardware 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

Prohibited Persons

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

Prohibited Places

Location Restrictions Exceptions
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.
Public Courthouses Prohibited. None.
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.
In-Vehicle Carry Permitted
Restaurant Carry Permitted
State Park Carry Permitted
While Hunting 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:
  • Be at least 21 years of age (or 18 if he or she is in the military)
  • Be a resident of the county in which he or she files the application
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful immigrant
  • Not have been convicted of the manufacture or distribution of any controlled substances.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony
  • Not be in the process of being convicted of a felony
  • Not have been convicted of carrying a weapon without the appropriate license or carrying a weapon in an unlawful location
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving the use or possession of any controlled substances within the previous 5 years
  • Not have been hospitalized as an inpatient in any mental hospital, drug treatment, or alcohol treatment center within the previous 5 years (at the judge’s discretion)
  • Not be a fugitive
  • Not have had a weapons license revoked in the previous 3 years
  • Meet all federal requirements

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

Disclaimer: The information provided here is not to be construed as legal advice or acted upon as if it is legal advice: it is provided for informational and entertainment purposes only. While we strive to provide accurate, up-to-date content, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of the information. Gun laws can change frequently, especially at the state and local levels. Application of gun laws can be unique to an individual’s situation. We recommend that each individual consult with a competent and qualified legal professional before purchasing, transporting, or using any firearm or firearm-related product.