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.


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Georgia CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted SEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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GEORGIA CCW license recognition

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How Reciprocity Works In Georgia

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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Pointers: Georgia Handgun Laws

Georgia Handgun License

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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  • Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.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: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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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
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

History Of Georgia Gun Laws

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Antique flint lock pistol

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 in 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

No background checks are required for private gun sales in Georgia.

Preemption

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 Concealed Carry Laws

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Georgia State Capitol Building

Georgia Gun 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.

The Law
§ 16.11.137

NO

“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 permit
You 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".


The Law
§ 16.11.126

NO - Without a license
YES - With a license

Open carry is legal in Georgia if you have a CCW license. The license allows you to carry in any way, open or concealed. If you do not have a CCW license then you are not permitted to openly carry in Georgia.

YES

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.

The Law
§ 16.11.127

YES
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

The Law
§ 16.11.127

"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"
(Art I. § 1, VIII)
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Georgia Off-Limits Statutes

Other Geogia CCW Statutes

Georgia CCW FAQ's

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Georgia CCW Contact

Fulton County Probate Court

Hours


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 136 Pryor Street, Suite C-230

CityAtlanta, 30303

Phone (404) 612-4692

 

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Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.

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Dan
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Dan

I am traveling to GA from IL where I currently have a CCW license. Although IL doesn’t have reciprocity with GA, is there anything that I could do to be able to carry within the limits of the law in GA???

Papi
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Papi

I have a few CCWs from states that GA honors under reciprocity agreements. Can I use these CCWs to open carry in GA or is a GA permit required?

Jay
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Jay

Yes you can ,as long as permits to state of reciprocity are valid you can carry in the state of Georgia

Greg stimler
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Greg stimler

Curious… I have a home still in Georgia, but am moving to Ohio in a couple of weeks. How long is my conseal carry permit good for?

nxb
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nxb

Until the expiration date!

Ken Bowen
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Ken Bowen

Was wonder if you completed the first offender and it’s been over 20 yrs ago can you have a deer rifle

Kent Palmer
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Kent Palmer

I have heard if you have a active duty military ID you do not need a CWP but do not know if this is true does anybody know anything about this

Drew Autry
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Drew Autry

Not true! Must have a carry permit in the state of ga

Josh_S
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Josh_S

I am a resident of NJ (sadly)…but I will be spending the summer in Georgia working for a friend on a ranch. Since I am not a resident of Georgia and have no Georgia ID’s, can I still purchase a long gun and handgun while I am down there? I am 19 going on 20 by the way.

Darrien Rawls
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Darrien Rawls

You will need to get a Ga license, and pass the background check.

Darrien Rawls
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Darrien Rawls

*Driver’s license or ID

Josh_S
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Josh_S

So if I am just staying for 3 months, I can’t purchase a gun since I don’t have a GA ID? What about a private sale like a gun show?

EdwardW
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EdwardW

All guns show purchases are done according to the law. An FFL holder will not risk the penalties and loss of license to break those laws. Private sales depends on the seller. Most law abiding citizens will ask to see your DL or GA carry permit. As to the question of whether you can purchase a long gun in GA. There is no permit requirement but you will still need to fill out the federal form and submit to a background check. Since you are a NJ resident you will have to have a valid NJ F.I.D.

Josh_S
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Josh_S

Oh okay I understand. I do have a NJ Firearm’s ID Card, so that is all I need to purchase a long gun. Thank you so much for you help!

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Rob Wheeles / HTG, LLC.

If you are from Florida and visiting Georgia can you open carry with a Florida CCW or only conceal carry? In legal to carry locations by Georgia law?

Jack
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Jack

What is the current wait time? I paid my fee and had the process done last Friday

isabella
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isabella

What county? I got mine in Gwinnett county and it was mailed to me in 9 days. Super fast.

Josh
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Josh

It depends on the county. In Bryan County I had mine in hand within a week. Chatham county take 6 plus months

Jasper
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Jasper

Can I travel to Florida with my gun if I have conceal weapons in Georgia ? I want to go say with a friend for a few weeks.

Mike
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Mike

I have a New York pistol permit I would like to apply for a Georgia pistol permit my son lives in Georgia I plan to move there within the next year how do you will go about it

JDunn
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JDunn

When you get here and get settled into the county you move to. Go to your county courthouse probate court fill out the app pay $75 take to your county sheriff office tell them and they will fingerprint you. When and if everything comes back clean around 60 days you will have a license that will have to be picked up at the sheriffs office. Thats pretty close to what will have to be done.

Jturp
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Jturp

You will need a Georgia driver’s license

Candace
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Candace

You could get a Utah permit in the mean time. It is inexpensive, requires a short classroom only course and is widely recognized in the US.

Tas
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Tas

The law states that you don’t need a permit to carry it in ur vehicle and or private home so as long as you eventually get around to it after you move you should be fine just don’t carry it out of those areas

RedNeck
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RedNeck

I have a question tho if you have a carring perment and inharite a gun from my Godfather wich is passed can I carry it……I’m in Georgia so I’m asked for this state

Jeff
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Jeff

In Georgia you may carry without a permit anywhere on your property which includes a car registered to you. Any other place in Georgia and you must obtain a concealed carry permit. Once you have that, you can carry any kind of gun you like as long as it does not run afoul of Federal guidelines for automatic weapons or shortened shotguns.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

It must also be in your name. You cannot carry someone else’s firearm.

Boss life
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Boss life

So I just got my permit from dekalb county. When I did the fingerprinting the guy said it would take 90 days. It was only 5 weeks before it showed up in the mail. I thought that the only way they mail it is if I gave the court a self addressed envelope but apparently not. This is my 2nd permit now because I received a permit from another state as a non resident. I’m already in the waiting process of my 3rd permit so I can be legal in as many states as possible because I travel across the… Read more »

JDunn
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JDunn

Dekalb is so large. Thats probably why they mail it. Not here in the sticks in n. Ga. They wanna hand it to you.

Trixie
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Trixie

My son will be going to school in GA in August 2019. He is 18 and will posses a cwp from Maine. Will GA honor his permit even though he is only 18?

Boss life
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Boss life

So I tried to research this but I couldn’t get any clarification since it involves 2 different states. You should contact the GA state attorney or local ga police department. When I travel, I have to abide by the laws of the state I’m currently in. Technically since he’s not 21, he legally cant own a gun.

RedNeck
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RedNeck

I believe in ga 18 you can own a gun and only keep in house car but unloaded rifle wise pistol is 21 period unless honorbly discharged from millatary…..but I do agree with other guy on here call ga atorney or the piggy department

Jeff
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Jeff

Yes, Georgia honors Maine’s carry permit, and your son may carry his weapon openly or concealed, as long as your son does not establish residency in Georgia…get a GA drivers license, file a Georgia income tax return, etc. Your son’s age is not relevant as he already possesses a valid license from a state with reciprocity.

Jeff
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Jeff

Secondly, when/if he travels by car to Georgia, he should place the weapon, separate from ammunition, in a locked gun box in the trunk of his car. He will travel through states that have very strict gun laws and does risk arrest if the gun is not secured as mentioned above. Probably best to just not bring ammunition and to buy new rounds in Georgia. If he flies, he should lock the gun in a gun case, place into checked baggage and declare with the airline. If he is flying out of New York or New Jersey, he should NOT… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

No just be 21 in Ga

JDunn
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JDunn

18

Robert C. Mustain
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Robert C. Mustain

No, 18 only for military members, must be 21

James
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James

So you need to give a little more info. Is he wanting to bring a pistol with him or a long gun? And if he is staying on campus in a dorm then he needs to abide by the schools policies. As you do agree to follow those if you are staying in a dorm. If this is the case then he is likely not permitted to have a gun with him in his room of any kind. Some schools do have a system in place for students that hunt/target shoot that usually involves having the gun stored by campus… Read more »

Landon Jones
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Landon Jones

If I have a valid but expiring permit from the town I used to live in but my drivers liscense is in a different country where am I allow to obtain the renewed liscense I frequent both towns

Jeff
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Jeff

You should apply at the Probate Court in the county you reside.

Will Parker
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Will Parker

I know of some one who is a resident of Florida. He owns property in Union County Ga.
He does not have a Ga drivers license,he can not vote in GA. and he is can not get a Home stead Act property discount.
Can he legally buy a handgun in Union County Ga or any firearms dealer in GA?
He has applied for a firearms permit in Florida.

Jeff
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Jeff

Yes your friend can buy a gun in Georgia from an FFL holder (licensed gun store) BUT cannot take immediate possession of the gun. He will need to have the gun shop send the gun to an FFL holder in Florida where your friend can pick the gun up. There is a fee for this service. Your friend may then bring the gun with him the next time he travels to Georgia.

Paul
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Paul

I have a Ga ccw and and I am Ga. resident. I Carry a semi-auto concealed. I can’t seem to find any rules or restrictions about carrying concealed with a round chambered and the weapon on safe. Is this a legal way to carry? I don’t want to get pulled over by police and find out the hard way I just committed a felony with having a round chambered. I don’t think it is illegal but I want to make sure. No assumptions here! Also does any other state that honors a Ga ccw have this restriction? If I’m pulled… Read more »

Chuck
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Chuck

I have never heard of a restriction of carrying a chambered round in any state that someone can legally carry. I would assume anyone with a CCW would carry chambered. Makes no sense not to.

Jeff
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Jeff

You may carry a loaded firearm on your property or off your property as long as you have a CCW from Georgia or a state with reciprocity. A gun is legally considered loaded if there is a live round in the chamber or a single live round in a cylinder.

Jeff
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Jeff

When you travel outside of Georgia with a firearm, you should research the applicable gun laws for each and every state you will be traversing through. If you are unsure or the laws are difficult to interpret, you should place the weapon, separate from ammunition, in a locked gun box in the trunk of your vehicle. There is not a police officer in the country that will accept “I’m sorry I didn’t know” as an excuse when it comes to carrying a gun. If you are unsure or did not research the gun laws specific to that state, and you… Read more »

Chuck
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Chuck

Just received my permit. Was told within 30 days. Not 60. And it arrived a day or two shy of 30.

Sean
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Sean

I have a Florida CCP, can I open carry in GA. I know in FL, no one can open carry, put police and armed guards can open carry.

Stephen
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Stephen

Yes, except on a college campus where it must be concealed.

Tim-o
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Tim-o

Open carry is legal in Georgia if you have a CCW license. The license allows you to carry in any way, open or concealed. If you do not have a CCW license then you are not permitted to openly carry in Georgia.

Tim-o
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Tim-o

Read the “Georgia Off-Limits Statutes” section above she you’ll know where NOT to open-carry.

Jeff
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Jeff

You may open carry in Georgia as long as you have a valid permit from a state with reciprocity such as Florida. Also, you may open carry in Florida if you are in possession of a valid hunting or fishing license and you are engage in one or the other activity or traversing to one or the other activities.

James
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James

You can open carry in FL if you are fishing, hunting, or camping and if in transit to or from such activities (ie: walking back to your car from a fishing pier). Though many FL LEO do not know that so do at your own risk.

Preston
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Preston

The map shows Florida in yellow and says residential use only, please define that for me

Matticus
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Matticus

It just means that you must reside in the georgia county in which you received your carry permit, for it to be honored in florida. Apparently you are able to get an out of state carry permit for a state that you don’t live in. Florida does not honor those permits.

Tim-o
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Tim-o

And conversely, for your Florida CCW License to be honored by Georgia, you must still be a Florida resident.

Jim Durand
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Jim Durand

I work with an animal rescue in GA. I have come across some rather aggressive dogs. And I am curious as to if it would be legal for me to own and if needed use a tranquilizer gun in order to sedate and catch these aggressive dogs. I cannot seem to find any information on this. Can someone please help. Thank you.