Georgia Gun Laws
Georgia gun laws for a concealed carry license require a person to be at least 21 years old or 18 if they are a member of the military. Applications are handled at the county level and filed with the Probate Court in the county of residence. No license is needed to carry a firearm in a person's home, vehicle, place of business, while fishing or hunting, or unloaded in a case. Interestingly, there is an ordinance in Kennesaw City, GA that states that all homeowners must own a firearm, although it is unlikely enforced.
Georgia CCW Quick Facts
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- Must be at least 21 years of age or 18 if in the military.
- Resident of the county you file the application in.
- Must be a US citizen or lawful alien.
- Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.
- Federal Law Requirements
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Georgia honors concealed carry permits from 32 states. Any resident or non-resident of those states with a valid CCW license is permitted to carry in Georgia.
There are currently 17 states that will not accept a Georgia concealed carry License.
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Georgia: Places Off-Limits for CCW
Places Off Limits in Georgia
- School bus
- School function
- School safety zone – building or property leased or owned by any public or private elementary, secondary, technical or vocational school, college, university or other institute of post secondary education
- Secured area of an airport
- In a courthouse
- In a government building if restricted by security personnel
- In a church or place of worship
- In a jail or prison
- In a state mental health facility
- On the premises of a nuclear power facility
- Within 150 feet of any polling place when elections are being conducted
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Places Allowed in Georgia
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits
Georgia Handgun Laws To Know
NO – Must Inform Officer
There is nothing in Georgia gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does state that you must carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Georgia gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.
GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
YES – Without a permitYou can openly or conceal carry a firearm in your vehicle without a license. The law says you can only carry a firearm on your own property, this includes your vehicle, so when you leave the vehicle you will need a carry license. The law specifically states you need a carry license “outside your property”.
NO – Without a license
YES – With a licenseOpen carry is legal in Georgia if you have a carry license. This license allows you to carry in any way, open or concealed.
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
It is legal to carry in the following areas;
State Parks: YES
State/National Forests: YES
State Game Management Units: YES
Road Side Rest Areas: YES
History Of Georgia Gun Laws
Learn Georgia's Gun History
- 1833 - Georgia enacts a law banning free African Americans from carrying any firearm.
- 1837 - Concealed carry is banned, all firearms being carried must be in plain view.
- 1848 - Georgia Supreme Court rules that free African Americans are not entitled to bear arms.
- 1996 - Allows person with license to have a loaded weapon anywhere within vehicles.
- 2006 - Stand your ground law enacted.
- 2008 - Bill HB89 signed into law reducing the timeline for issuing permits and allows carrying of handguns on public transport, parks, and restaurants.
- 2014 - The Safe Carry Protection Act is signed by Governor Nathan Deal revising most of the previous gun laws.
- 2017 - Law enacted that allows the carrying of concealed handguns on college campuses.
Georgia Gun Sales & Preemption
Private Gun Sales
Georgia has full preemption for gun laws. Local authorities are prohibited from enacting any ordinances that regulate the transportation, ownership and possession of firearms. They are also prohibited from placing any restrictions on local parks, offices and gun ranges.
Several local authorities have placed restrictions on firearms in direct violation of the law. These have been gradually withdrawn over the years due to court rulings.
Georgia Gun Statutes
(Art I. § 1, VIII)
Gun Laws Relating To Concealed Carry
Other CCW Statutes
Georgia CCW FAQ's
Georgia CCW Contact
Fulton County Probate Court
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm
Address 136 Pryor Street, Suite C-230
Phone (404) 612-4692