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
Shall Issue
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Georgia Handgun License


  • 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  • Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.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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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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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
  • Vehicle
  • 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.

The Law
§ 16.11.137


“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 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.

The Law
§ 16.11.127


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

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 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.


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

"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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Gun Laws Relating To Concealed Carry

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Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Probate Court in your county of residence.

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


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 136 Pryor Street, Suite C-230

CityAtlanta, 30303

Phone (404) 612-4692

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13 Comments on "Georgia Gun Laws"

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Howard W. Rabb, Jr.

I beg to differ, sir. As a former gun rights/ civil rights activist, I can tell you unequivocally that the state has a strict time limit for processing these license applications; it’s no more than 60 days maximum — from start to finish. We got this passed into law in 2010. That particular abuse of the system is over. They sure as Hell do NOT have 90-180 days anymore.

What is the penalty to the state Howard for failing to meet that standard? Does the law specifiv=cally provide for punishment or penalty for non compliance with that provision? I ask because many states like Fl and others “give shall issue by” times, but provide for no as in zero penalty for non compliance. Thus the prrovision becomes defacto a “guideline” not a law-If one cant be penalized its a non sequitur issue. gOvta are loathe to set penalties for these time time limits as they know they cant meet them due to being backed up and arent about to… Read more »

I believe carrying in church is legit now in GA and is treated like any other private property owner where the property owner has discretion whether to allow or not to allow. Please verify that.


I’m looking on the Richmond County website and it says “To apply for a Georgia Weapons License permit, you must be a resident of Richmond County, Georgia, residing in Richmond County for a minimum of three months.”
Is there another location where you got your information about non-resident permits? I’m here for about two years and would like to get a permit as a non-resident.


Can you verify? I believe FL and SC honor GA permits. Your map says otherwise?


Conceal carry in church that autorizes to do so but has a preschool within the church and belonging to the church? Preschool hours are not during the time of worship.

Triple Black

If you have a registered pistol in South Carolina but not a cwp can u still carry in Georgia as long as it is on personal property or in the car (which is p property to)