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  • Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Comments

  1. I was watching a show recently and the guy had a loaded rifle in his vehicle. He was cited by the game warden. My question is can you carry a loaded hand gun or long gun in your vehicle or on you person with a CCWP/

    1. 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

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  3. If I have a CCW from a state with reciprocity, can I open carry in GA?

  4. In Georgia it is now legal to carry firearms on college and university campuses. A new law regarding firearm restrictions on college campuses was passed a few years ago.

  5. I am a honorably discharged US military veteran. Years ago I had forms that I could to bring to a military base with my DD214 and get signed to be honored at the local government to waive fees for application of the GA weapons license. But I never went through the process. Now I want to go through the process but can not find any information on it nor those forms I once had. Does GA offer discount or waiver of fees associated with the weapons carry license?

    1. I can tell you from first hand experience.. NO. I took a copy of my DD214 to my local probate court and asked if they would waive the fees, they said the state doesn’t do that. Load of Crock if you ask me.

  6. I recently moved from one county in GA to another…am I required to updated my address on my weapons carry license?

  7. Can I purchase a gun in GA with a NC gun purchase permit???

  8. My late husband willed my grandson (22) his guns. How do I transfer them to him

    1. You don’t need to do anything. However, if any of them are handguns that he intends to carry in public, he needs a GWCL (GA Weapons Carry License). There is no firearms registration and private party sales/gifting is perfectly legal as long as he is of age (he is) and isn’t legally unable to own them (felon, drug charges, domestic violence charges, on probation/parole, spent time in a mental facility, spent time in drug treatment facility, etc.)

  9. what if the firearm is loaded or unloaded with rounds in car?

  10. I recently had my wallet stolen with my CCW inside. The governor has suspended new and renewing application, but the website doesn’t say anything about lost licenses being replaced. Does anyone know the current situation? Also I’ll be in a new county in a week. So would I need to file for a lost or a totally new license? Can I carry without the actual physical license(is it in the system)? Thanks

    1. No. You can never concealed or open carry without your GWCL on your person.

  11. I have a ccw and want to know the law on a loaded weapon being carried

    1. As long as you have a valid GWCL you can carry it loaded or unloaded, open or concealed.

  12. In Arizona you dont need a concealed carry permit. If i was to get a CCW in AZ would it be valid in GA?

  13. Can a person that have a felony in a different state still get they carrying permit in Georgia

    1. No. No felons can get a GWCL or permit in ANY state. It is federal law. You cannot even own one or have one in your possession.

  14. In 1848 the supreme court upheld a law saying that free African Americans are banned from carry a firearm in Georgia. Is this law still on record

    1. No. It violated civil rights laws and was stricken. African Americans have ALL the rights and priveleges of any other human citizen in all 50 US states (even if they are not always treated like they have all the same rights… which is sad as hell).

  15. My son wants me to carry an AR15 to PA from Alabama. It would’ve b in a locked case no amp at all. What do I need to know or do

    1. As long as the owner has not specifically told you that you cannot.

  16. I live in GA and I have my Georgia Weapons Carry License permit for GA, can I open carry in Florida. I have a Vacation in Florida with my Family.

    1. Probably not. As a general rule one must obey the laws of other states when in those states, and in Florida it’s a “Concealed Handgun License” and not valid for open carry. Florida license holder can open carry in Georgia though.

      1. Correct, Dave. No. You may not open carry in FL with a GWCL.

  17. If I have a Florida drivers license can I buy a hand gun in Georgia?

  18. I live in sc and I have my concealed weapon permit for sc can I open carry in ga. Please let me know asap I also work in ga.

  19. Being required to have a CCW to carry openly is an infringement, if you also have to have one to carry concealed. It is similar to charging a citizen a poll tax to vote.

  20. When it says “residential permits” honored what does that mean. Can we carry conceal in those states?

    1. Some states will issue ccw permits to individuals that are not resident of that state. When it says “residential permits” it means that those non-resident permits are not recognized. States like GA issue only resident permits, therefore all GA ccw are recognized in these “residential permits” states.

  21. With a concealed carry permit can I carry openly or do I always have to have my weapon concealed?

  22. I have a concealed carry permit (Georgia) and want to make sure I am clear on the law for carrying a handgun and amo in my car. Can I have my weapon loaded? If so does it have to be concealed or in the open and if I have an extra clip does it have to be concealed or locked up separate from the handgun? Please let me know ASAP. Thank You

    1. Yes u can carry it how u like as long as u have the ccw if u don’t u can not carry it with u on ur person only at ur house or in ur car

    1. If you wanna be missing something typically important i guess its up to you. But its not considered a smart idea?

  23. I have moved from Florida to Georgia and now have a Georgia CCW. I also have my Florida CCW which is now changed from resident to non-resident, my question is does Georgia require me to surrender the Florida non-resident permit?

    1. I also moved from Florida to Georgia… By law, I had to inform FL of my new GA address to keep my FL CCW status legal, and I did. I also applied to the local GA county Probate Court and received my GA CCW, and now have both. Because of reciprocity between both states, it may seem redundant to have both, however, the legal differences between the definitions of what is a “weapon” in those two states, and the differences in the application of pertinent law made it seem prudent to have both. Neither state requires exclusivity, or surrender, if otherwise in compliance with applicable statutes. Be aware that other considerations, not necessarily obvious ones, also are brought to bear; i.e., Do you have a Medical Marijuana/Cannabis permit in either state? In addition, if you travel, pay attention to the difference in how other states apply reciprocity to GA and FL CCW permit holders (word to the wise – they are not identical; don’t take any chances when there can be be such a huge price to pay for complacency). Thank you

  24. I have a lifetime concealed carry permit from Indiana but moved to GA for work. I know GA accepts my Indiana license but since I no longer have an Indiana address will they continue to accept it? Or is there a way to transfer my Indiana license to a Georgia license?

    1. If you are in compliance with GA statutes, Why not just apply for a GA license? …
      Since I don’t know off the top of my head, do check with Indiana for their requirements on current address update notification and, possibly, avoid complications.

    2. Out of state carry licenses are not valid in Georgia if you are a Georgia resident.

  25. Can you conceal carry your weapon if you do not physically have the conceal carry card on you? You have the permit but left your card at home?

    1. I recommend buying the urban carry holster, so you can just slide your card down in there so it’ll always be with the gun.

    2. Sorta yes. You’ll have to go to court and provide your license there. If it was valid at the time of your citation, then you will have to pay a $10 fine.

      The good news is that Georgia law specifically prohibits a peace officer from asking for your weapons license for the sole purpose of verifying that you have one. They have to have stopped you for something else – but that means getting stopped for jay walking because you stepped outside the crosswalk while crossing the street. If you forget your license, don’t draw attention to yourself.

  26. I bought a surplus pistol and it has an import mark before the trigger. I know in other states this can be removed once sold from the original importer. I would like to send my pistol to be chromed, can I have the import mark removed. Robar will for AZ citizens because they checked the AZ law, do we have a similar law in GA?

  27. My drivers license is valid until 2023 in NC, but I’ve lived in GA for 18 months. I have a lease and utilities in my name proving residency in Chatham County, GA. Will that be enough to present for a Concealed carry permit or will I have to either get a GA ID or get the permit in NC ?

    1. In the state of GA, a resident moving to the state from another state must change their drivers license to a GA drivers license writhing (I believe) 30 days (if not 30, I know it’s no more than 90) unless military

    2. You are already illegal. You should have already applied for a Georgia drivers license over a year ago.

  28. Can I Carry My Gun Into A Bank In The State Of Ga. With My Ccw Licence?

    1. How do you think you’re gonna carry it if not in a holster? It always needs to be in some sort of carry system to keep your finger off the trigger and too keep pocket items from coming in contact with the trigger and keep pocket lint out of the barrel. Place a semi-auto in your waist band – if your shirt hangs on the trigger while placing it in can cause to gun to fire. OUCH!

    2. Yes. There is no requirement to use a holster. You should, though. It’s the smart thing to do.

  29. With a GA CCW am I able to carry more than one gun? Say I had a handgun on my body and a gun in my bag — is that permitted?

  30. Is it legal in Georgia to carry an unserialized Polymer80 build pistol if you have your carry license?

    1. I was told by my range that was OK in Georgia, he sounded fairly confident and knowledgable. I have not looked this up personally.

    2. Yes, but if you find yourself in a situation where a cop has to take possession of the gun, you risk him being ignorant of the law concerning who is required to put a serial number of a gun and who is not required to put a serial number on a gun.

      Be ready to explain the difference between a “firearm manufacturer” and a “firearm maker”.

  31. I live in Tennessee and I will be spending a few days in Georgia this week I have a Tennessee ccw permit am I allowed to carry in Georgia and if so can I open carry and conceal carry if I choose to and I will be bring a few firearms with me I wanna go to one of they ranges also is all of this fine

    1. Georgia honors permits from Tennessee. If you have a permit, open carry is permitted. However, most who carry in Georgia carry concealed. You should have no problem at the range so long as you have your ID.

    2. In Georgia, you are not allowed to carry into a church. But that would be a place where you are most vulnerable to getting killed these days.

      1. That is the law however with written permission from the leaders of the church you are allowed to carry while following the instructions of the church leaders.

    3. You can bring whatever guns you legally own. You can carry openly or concealed.

      Someone replied that you cannot carry in church. Someone else tried to correct him, but got it wrong. You can carry in church with permission of church membership. Period. That law does not require that it is is writing. The law does not require that you carry “while following the instructions of the church leaders”. If you are a holder of a CCW license and are caught by a cop with a gun, the only thing he can do is right you a citation. Yeah, that is in the law. You can be fined as much as $100.

      1. The GA carry law states that you cannot carry a weapon in a church, I’m reading that you can carry within a church with the church leadership permission. Where can you find the legal ruling on this subject?

        1. Georgia Code Title 16. Crimes and Offenses § 16-11-127

          (b) Except as provided in Code Section 16-11-127.1 and subsection (d) or (e) of this Code section, a person shall be guilty of carrying a weapon or long gun in an unauthorized location and punished as for a misdemeanor when he or she carries a weapon or long gun while:
          ……….
          (4) In a place of worship, unless the governing body or authority of the place of worship permits the carrying of weapons or long guns by license holders;
          ……….
          (d) Subsection (b) of this Code section shall not apply:
          ……….
          (2) Any license holder who violates subsection (b) of this Code section in a place of worship shall not be arrested but shall be fined not more than $100.00.  Any person who is not a license holder who violates subsection (b) of this Code section in a place of worship shall be punished as for a misdemeanor.

  32. Can you get a carry license if you have pleaded NOLO and paid the fines in city court for possession of a controlled substance under 1 oz in the past year?

    1. Would you really risk your freedom based on an answer you got from parties unknown on a public forum?

      1. If Ro Frett is not legally about to obtain a license, it is not a crime for him to apply for one. In what way do you think he is risking his freedom with his question?

  33. 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???

    1. I wanted to know the same, if we can’t carry is legal to have it in our car not locked up?

    2. You’ll only be able to carry the gun in your vehicle. If you don’t have a CCW for the state of GA you won’t be able to carry the gun on you.

    3. You can open carry on your car. You cannot transport it outside of the vehicle though (unless your exciting the vehicle onto your private property or into a firing range).

  34. 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?

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

  35. 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?

    1. It will expire as soon as for establish yourself as an Ohio resident. Georgia Weapons Licenses are for residents only. The good news is that it’s not hard to get an OHIO carry license.

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

    1. If you were charged with and found guilty of a felony the answer is NO. GA law prohibits you from owning any weapon that uses mechanical propulsion, ie air or gunpowder. You have to file to have your rights restored.

      1. Not so. If the first offender program was successfully completed, the felony charge is expunged and your rights are fully restored. I went thru this myself from an issue years ago and have a clean record, Georgia CCW, and I’m a registered voter. There’s hope Brother!

  37. 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

    1. You are exempt from getting the permit if you are active duty military.

    2. Drew is wrong. Official Code of Georgia 16-11-130. (Google it).

      Persons in the military service of the state or of the United States or exempt from code sections 16-11-126 – 16-11-127.1)

  38. 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.

        1. 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?

          1. 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.

          2. 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!

    1. Long gun only. As a non resident you can not purchase a pistol.

    2. Long gun, yes. Not a handgun, unless you take up residency and get a Georgia Drivers License or ID.

  39. 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?

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

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

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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

    4. Not sure what are asking. It’s my understanding that a New York pistol permit is to allow you to buy a pistol. There is no such thing in Georgia. All you need to buy a pistol in Georgia is valid Georgia ID to prove residency and to complete the back ground check. You son will be able to do that.

      If you are looking to buy a pistol in Georgia, you will have to become a resident.

      If you are talking about getting a license in Georgia to be able to carry – same answer. You have to be a resident. If you want to carry in Georgia but retain New York residency, I suggest getting a Florida Non-Resident license. It will be honored in more states than any other state. You will need to have proof of completing an NRA safety class (or other training as listed in the paperwork Florida will send you) and get finger printed at your local police department.

  43. 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

    1. 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.

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

      1. There is also the fact that GA declared firearm registration unconstitutional. So how do you get a firearm “in your name?”

      2. There is such thing in Georgia as having a gun “in your name”. Why do people make up this stuff?

  44. 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 country regularly.

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

      1. I lived In Multiple Counties in The Sticks Of Georgia, Pike, Spalding, Peach and Thomas.
        They Have Always Mailed It To Me. On Initial Application And All Renewals.

  45. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. 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

      1. She’s not talking about ownership, but his permit being honored. No it will not be honored unless he is milita.

    3. 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.

      1. 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 travel with the firearm at all. Instead, visit a licensed FFA dealer, a gun shop, and have them ship the weapon to another FFA dealer in the town where he is going to college. There is a fee for this service.

      2. Wrong. Dead wrong. Georgia is not going to honor a 18 year olds permit unless he is military.

    4. 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 police in a weapons locker. (Would recommend just befriending someone off campus with a safe. As dealing with campus police was a pain).
      If he is staying off campus then yes GA will honor his permit. Long guns would not be an issue because of the way the law is written does not actually require permits but if he is planning to carry a hand gun then probably not. It may allow him to carry pistols in Maine but he is expected to follow GA carry laws so he probably won’t be allowed to carry until 21. Really have to check with a lawyer that specializes in cross state permits. WCL in GA gives people the right to open carry or concealed carry handguns but you cannot obtain this license till 21.

    5. No, not unless he is military. You must be 18 for military, 21 for civilians.

    6. From Official Code of Georgia 16-11-126:

      “(e) Any person licensed to carry a handgun or weapon in any other state whose laws recognize and give effect to a license issued pursuant to this part shall be authorized to carry a weapon in this state, but only while the licensee is not a resident of this state; provided, however, that such licensee shall carry the weapon in compliance with the laws of this state.”

      As you can see, there is no mention of age. Georgia enjoys reciprocity with Maine. Your son is fine.

      He should read up on Georgia Campus (Official Code of Georgia 16-11-127.1) to avoid surprises (and maybe gain one or two).

      https://codes.findlaw.com/ga/title-16-crimes-and-offenses/ga-code-sect-16-11-127-1.html

  46. 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

  47. 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.

    1. 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.

  48. 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 over I always provide my ccw lic. with my drivers lic. I would rather the officer knows up front that there is a weapon on my person for his own safety and mine. It’s a bigger hassle and stop takes longer but the outcome will be much better in the long run if you give the officer that respect.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 are found to be in possession of a gun, you WILL be arrested and taken to jail. A conviction will also cause you to lose your Georgia permit.

    4. What police state did you live in before coming to Georgia? There is no reason to wonder if this is a law.

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

  50. 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.

    1. 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.

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

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

        1. Georgia honors non-resident permits for every state it has reciprocity with.

  52. 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.

  53. Was there ever a law or bill passed to allow African Americans to have the right to bear arms?

  54. It amazes me churches are subject to restrictions. How am I to protect my family?

    1. Simple, Carry anyway! Better to ask forgiveness than permission. Know one will ever know
      unless in the tragic event you should ever need it. Then know one will say anything! Should you need to defend yourself or others.

  55. I’m traveling by plane to Georgia from CT, then driving to TN where my permit is honored. Can I fly to GA with my pistol and ammo locked and separated?

    1. separated, Pistol in a lock box of its own, ammo away from firearm , remaining that way in Ga as reciprocity is not recognized. That is what it looks like

      1. Did Jonathan pull that out of his own ass or someone else’s ass?

        You can travel in Georgia with your gun. Loaded. In the trunk, in the glovebox, on the seat next to you. In the open.

        From Official Code of Georgia 16-11-126:

        (a) Any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun or long gun may have or carry on his or her person a weapon or long gun on his or her property or inside his or her home, motor vehicle, or place of business without a valid weapons carry license.

  56. I carry openly when I do carry. I also have my CCW. Am I allowed to carry openly in a liquor store?

  57. I will be traveling to Georgia to pick up my son for Thanksgiving break. He is in school there. I have a NC ccw. Can i carry my gun in the glove compartment of my vehicle? Does the weapon and ammo need to be separated?

    1. Yes. As above, GA allows you to carry openly or concealed on your own property. This is loaded or unloaded. Per GA law, your car is your property. You may carry without restriction in your car. This includes a loaded gun in your glove compartment, on your person, etc.

  58. Taking a roadtrip with my daughter and we will be visiting a Private College as one of our stops. Since I cannot carry on a school campus will security be able to HOLD my pistol at the gate?

    1. You may want to call and ask the particular college. Colleges are not required to provide lock boxes or storage for weapons.

    2. It states above on the page that in 2017 the state of GA introduced legislation (HB 280) to allow conceal carry on college campuses. You just can’t take it in certain buildings.

    3. Georgia’s new campus carry law does not apply to private schools, so you will not be able to legally carry at your daughter’s school. You will be able to legally take the gun onto school property and leave it locked up in your car.

      First offender penalty for carrying a gun on school property is a Misdemeanor with a $25 fine and no jail time.

      The choice is yours.

  59. Do they make any exceptions for the concealed weapons law i am 18 and i work as a locksmith i have had knifes and guns drawn on my and i would like to be able to protect my self well i am doing my job

    1. You can carry a stun gun or pepper spray; or, if you are in the military (reserve and Guard included) then you can get a carry permit at 18; or, if you are a police officer (including part-time or volunteer as long as you have power of arrest) then you can carry pretty much wherever you want.

    2. If you are 18 and able bodied, join the Army. After completing basic training, you may apply for a concealed permit. Give some service to you country.

  60. Does a hospital count as a government building? Area around it is a little sketchy and I work at night

    1. No. Even public hospitals aren’t considered government entities in the sense for concealed carry. Only government buildings that have a security checkpoint are explicitly restricted.

    2. You can legally carry in a hospital unless it is a teaching hospital owned or leased by a private school.

      If it is a government owned hospital with police controlled entrances (each one), then you can’t . I have no idea of those exist, though.

  61. Question: I currently live in NV, I am a CCW card holder here. There is a possibility that I may be relocating to AL with frequent road trips to US.
    How do I ensure that I am covering my 6 in all three states if I am a resident of only one?

    1. If your ccw has reciprocity in the 3 states you should be fine. Be sure sure to have the license on your person when carrying.

  62. I was told at our Probate Court that when I apply for a CCW, I would have to take a “test” orally, at the time of application. I’ve never heard of this before. Is this true, and if so, what exactly kind of test is it ? What is asked in the “test” ?

    1. I didn’t have to. Had a background check through the county sheriff’s department.

    2. No oral tests. Usual casual conversation with deputy asking common sense questions but not a test.

    3. If they require anything more than filling out the application, submitting your finger prints, getting your picture taken, and paying the fee, they are violating the law.

  63. I am a ccw holder is it ok to take my firearm in the motor vehicle Dept

    1. Yes, unless all entrances to the building are controlled by police officers. Dinath isn’t up to date on the law

  64. Hello I am a new license older, does Florida and Alabama accepts georgia fire arm license

  65. can I open carry as a certified peace officer but am no longer working for an agency

    1. Seems strange that Ga. does not have a class and written exam and shooting gun handling proficiency exam like other states. Almost anyone get a CCW without knowing anything and without knowing how to shoot a gun. North Carolina, BTW, has an eight (8) Hour class with 70% passing reqd. and target practice with 30 rounds. Am surprised that NC allows Ga CCWs into NC. Must be so NC CCWs can go to GA.!!!!!

      1. The constitution doesn’t say that you have to know how to shoot a gun. Just says it’s our right to have them. Ga recognizes the constitution (for now). It’s jealousy that NC requires so much and Ga don’t. I’m my opinion!

      2. Classes and training is strongly encouraged but not required in GA. I too would like to see those standards implemented. I think it would help weed out those who just want a weapon frivolously while maintaining serious enthusiasts.

      3. Did you take a safety class before posting this comment? How do I know that you understand the importance of not verbally inciting riot? Please don’t reply until you have completed that class.

      1. Correction. Since you are not employed by an agency, you are not a peace officer as defined by Official Code of Georgia 16-1-3:

        “(11) “Peace officer” means any person who by virtue of his office or public employment is vested by law with a duty to maintain public order or to make arrests for offenses, whether that duty extends to all crimes or is limited to specific offenses.”

        The exemption of peace officers under 16-11-130 is:

        “(a) Except to the extent provided for in subsection (c.1) of this Code section, Code Sections 16-11-126 through 16-11-127.2 shall not apply to or affect any of the following persons if such persons are employed in the offices listed below or when authorized by federal or state law, regulations, or order:

        (1) Peace officers, as such term is defined in paragraph (11) of Code Section 16-1-3 , and retired peace officers so long as they remain certified whether employed by the state or a political subdivision of the state or another state or a political subdivision of another state but only if such other state provides a similar privilege for the peace officers of this state;”

    1. Check with the local ordinances in your area. Be sure to consider background and safety of your neighbors. Plenty of weapons can send projectiles further than 10 acres.

  66. Can you open carry a loaded long gun?
    Also, can you open carry a loaded handgun and loaded long gun at the same time? With a Carry permit. ? In GA.

    1. Yes. Openly and without a license. Concealed with a license. I suggestion using a sling and carrying it over your shoulder and in a way that does not require you touch it with your hands.

  67. c) A license holder or person recognized under subsection (e) of Code Section 16.11.126 shall be authorized to carry a weapon as provided in Code Section 16.11.135 and in every location in this state not listed in subsection (b) or prohibited by subsection (e) of this Code section;

    THIS IS CONFUSING ME:
    provided, however, that PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS or persons in LEGAL CONTROL of private property through a lease, rental agreement, licensing agreement, contract, or any other agreement to control access to such private property shall have the right to exclude or eject a person who is in possession of a weapon or long gun on their private property, in accordance with paragraph (3) of subsection (b) of Code Section 16.7.21, except as provided in Code Section 16.11.135. A violation of subsection (b) of this Code section shall not create or give rise to a civil action for damages.
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    Doesn’t this say that a store or business can prevent you from carrying in their store/business, with or w/o a license because it is “private property”? Making the “No weapons allowed” sign a mute issue.

    ““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. (with trespassing only, right? ) And they can ask you to leave for any damn reason that they want & if you don’t you are then trespassing.

    1. These signs do not have the force of law in that they do not make it illegal to enter said property with a gun. It is completely legal. The problem comes for if someone who owns or has legal control of the property or someone legally acting on their behalf sees you have a gun and asks you to leave. At that point, it becomes and issue of trespass IF you ignore the request – but the signs STILL does not come into play.

      I recommend ignoring the signs and not drawing attention to yourself. Leave if asked to leave.

  68. Hi I had a domestic violence charge in 1996 in Michigan and never been charged for anything else since then. Am I able to to apply for a CCW permit in Georgia?

    1. You will not be able to apply for a weapons license of any kind with a violent crime charge.

    1. your charge being 25 years ago & a misdemeanor should not be an issue IMO.

    2. The only misdemeanor charge that will keep you from legally owning a gun in domestic violence.

  69. I’m traveling up to New York and I’m currently registered to carry in Georgia. Can I travel to New York with my weapon?

    1. There are several states between GA and NY which do not recognize GA CCW and carrying on your person could cause a problem. However, most states allow you to carry a firearm while traveling with the weapon and ammo in separate not readily accessible areas of the vehicle. Be careful because NY city has a zero tolerance law for having a handgun with serious repercussions!

  70. had 2 weapons missing,,,,reported them stolen,,,,,some one staying with me took them,,,,,they said I gave them to them as gifts,,,,,,, I didnt

  71. I would like to carry my hand gun concealed on my way to florida.I have a Indiana licence.But I don’t want any trouble so is it cool.

    1. Author

      yes you are covered by federal law, look at the reciprocity page for instructions

    1. What states does Georgia share firearms license reciprocity with?
      Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming all recognize Georgia-issued firearms licenses. You should acquaint yourself with firearms restrictions in those states when possible.

  72. Does active duty military need a license to conceal carry in Georgia? I’m wondering because I know you don’t need one in Oklahoma.

  73. I wanted to share my experience, although your mileage may vary…

    Around 9 years ago, I had a substance abuse issue that led to a charge of simple possession of a schedule 1 substance. Only minor teenager type trouble before felony charge. I pled out using the first offenders act, cleaned up my act entirely, became a productive member of society, and finished my 5 year probation with no negative marks against me.

    When I went to purchase a firearm 2 years after probation was completed, I was denied. I ended up discovering (at a $3000cost for lawyer fee) that the state did not finalize my probation to reinstate my rights. Motions were filed and everything cleared up.

    I then submitted an application to the probate court of my county and WAS granted my concealed carry permit. For any of you who have lower level first offenders felonies, keep you nose clean, make sure the state does thier job, and you should be able to have a decent shot at a CCW. People can grow and learn from thier mistakes, and the state does seem to account for that with my tale above.

    Best of luck

  74. My daughter will be moving to Valdosta to attend college. She is 18. What are the laws for her age in regards to a firearm in the home. I know she is not allowed to carry until the age of 21. Just need to know the laws before we move her in July. Thanks in advance of your help.

    1. Residentially she’ll be fine. Have her undergo some home protection training though. It wil verse her on what is allowed and alleviate some anxiety.

  75. Hopefully trump carrys out his promise to make it so they will be legal in every state though we all no what a battle that will be for him

    1. Have heard that wearing masks due to covid-19 infringes on your right to carry. Trying to get information on this.

  76. I am moving from NY to Ga. I currently have a NY cc license, can I posses my pistols in Ga until I get my cc license.

    1. As Wayne said, there is no gun registration requirement in Georgia. Basically, you just are registering yourself to open and conceal carry your pistols . So, bring em down and keep them in your car or home, just don’t cc for now.

  77. Im a ccw gun owner from S C. I hold a valid S.C.ccw permit however i am anow living in the state of Georgia-My ccw is still active for S.C. Recognizing reciprocity laws between S.C. & G.A. am i lawful to use, posess,& show said license (if asked by law enforcement) being a Ga. Resident yet posessing a Unexpired S C. Ccw? That is my question-please respond if anyone can rightly answer.

    1. You have sixty calendar days to transfer your SC CCW to a Georgia Weapons License once you become a resident. During the application process, while awaiting your GWL, you may still carry with your SC license. Probate courts in Georgia are now required by law to process a license request within 60 days. Most counties take far less time.

    2. Your ccw address has to match your driver’s license address, or mailing address, register with your new address in your new county don’t see any problem carrying untill then, but check to make sure

  78. If I wanted to carry an antique gun such as an 1851 colt navy, would I still need a Carry permit in the state of Georgia even though it is not considered a fire arm?

  79. This has been a life saver of a site, thank you for the detail. I did have one question though. The above banners and titles reference things as “Handgun” Laws, “Handgun” Form or “Handgun” license . Yet the actual license refers to just “weapons.” Is all the information above the same for rifle’s, AR’s or “long guns” as I’ve seen them refered to? I ask as when I move back to GA in a couple months I intend to pick up my first AR.

  80. My friend is giving me his gun what do I do be an actual owner and or check to make sure the gin os legit

    1. Author

      There is no gun registration in GA so it would be difficult to check any firearms history. I just keep a copy of any sales receipt but as he is giving it to you that would be an issue. Maybe just get a note from him (with his name, address and signature on it) saying he gave the gun to you and file it in your records.

      1. Whoa, there fella! ANY transfer of a gun requires a completed ATF form 4473 Firearm Transfer Record. The owner retains the original and should give a copy to the new owner.

  81. Two questions.
    1.) I have read somewhere that you must wait 5 years after being convicted of a misdemeanor drug offense (e.g. marijuana under an ounce) to get your GA carry permit. Is this true?
    2.) It says on the federal prohibited persons list that “Persons who are unlawful users of or are addicted to narcotics or any other controlled substances” cannot have a carry permit. How does the state determine who is an “unlawful user” or is addicted?

    Thank you!

    1. Author

      I think this is the law you are looking for;

      i) Any person convicted of a misdemeanor involving the use or possession of a
      controlled substance, unless such person has, for not less than five years immediately
      preceding the application for a license, been free of restraint or supervision in connection
      with the conviction, has been free of a second conviction of a misdemeanor involving the
      use or possession of a controlled substance, and has been free of conviction of (1)
      possession or shipping of a firearm in violation of federal law or (2) an offense arising out
      of the manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance or dangerous drug, or
      (3) has had his/her weapons carry licenses revoked;

      1. This still makes little sense to me , I have 2 convictions on my record for misdemeanor Marijuana , with the last one being in 2008. The 2 ed conviction should ban me from getting a WCP correct. Also I know someone who had a conviction 2-3 years ago yet got a permit , guess this person lied on the form.

    1. Author

      Some states will only honor another states CCW permit if it was issued to a resident of that state. If you try to use a permit issued to a non-resident it will not be honored.

    2. Also, Georgia only offers a resident permit. Some states like Florida and Utah offer non-resident permits which can sometimes broaden your carry opportunities in other states.

  82. What are the laws to get a carry permit as far as previous felonies go if the conviction was over 10 years ago?

    1. Author

      Felonies are for life, time does not have any impact on them under current law.

    2. You could perhaps appeal to the court to expunge the felony from your record, if you have served your time and not committed any serious offenses afterward. If you can get it erased from the record, you may be able to get a permit.

  83. Can I openly carry and conceal carry at the same time, if I have a valid Georgia CCW PERMIT?

    1. Author

      Open Carry is legal in Georgia but you must have a valid Carry Permit to Open Carry

        1. No, in Georgia it is strictly a Weapons Carry Permit. This allows you to Open Carry and Conceal Carry and you can do both at the same time.

  84. 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)

    1. Author

      GA requires you to have a residential permit from SC so would not try it. You can legally transport your gun through GA with the Federal safe passage Act but you cannot stop in GA.

  85. 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.

    1. I believe it’s safe to assume you can during non-school hours or non-school functions as the law does not define this situation . I bet we get a revision on this soon . Also, this is considered I believe in all cases that it’s a private school grounds and not public

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

    1. Author

      FL and SC will only honor a Georgia residential permit. The map is correct, the different color is to indicate only residential permits.

      1. I live in GA and have a GA issue permit. Can I public place conceal carry in SC and FL or not?

        1. As in every state , sometimes the carry laws vary . You need to honor the states carry laws that you are carrying in . Just because a state honors a GA permit doesn’t mean you don’t have to follow their carry laws . South Carolina is a good example because the “duty to inform” is yes for SC but no in Georgia

  87. 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.
    https://www.augustaga.gov/245/Concealed-Weapons-Permit

    1. Author

      The wording of the law is a bit strange as it states non-residents can get a permit, WHEN they become a resident. So I will remove the part on our website that says permits are issued to non-residents.

      § 16-11-126 (2) Any person who is not a weapons carry license holder in this state and who is licensed to
      carry a weapon in any other state whose laws recognize and give effect to a license issued pursuant to this
      part shall be authorized to carry a weapon in this state for 90 days after he or she becomes a resident of this
      state; provided, however, that such person shall carry the weapon in compliance with the laws of this state,
      shall as soon as practicable submit a weapons carry license application as provided for under Code Section
      16-11-129, and shall remain licensed in such other state for the duration of time that he or she is a resident of
      this state but not a weapons carry license holder in this state.

  88. 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.

    1. Author

      You can only carry in a place of worship if the person in charge of that place has given you approval.

      (b) Except as provided in subsection (d) or (e) of this Code section, a person shall be guilty of carrying a
      weapon or long gun in an unauthorized location and punished as for a misdemeanor when he or she carries a
      weapon or long gun while:

      (4) In a place of worship, unless the governing body or authority of the place of worship
      permits the carrying of weapons or long guns by license holders;

      1. If the place of worship does not have a “no guns” sign then it is legal to assume you can carry there . Of course if they ask you to leave , you have to

        1. Legal, and assume, are two words that don’t mix. It is every citizen’s responsibility to know the laws that govern them. Assumptions are not legal defenses.

  89. Author

    Thank you Howard for letting us know about the 60 days processing time limit. On checking the information it seems you are correct and we had an error on the page that was based on old data. We have now updated that page to reflect the current law. Its quite a mission trying to keep up with the gun laws in all 50 states so we do appreciate people letting us know if they spot an error.

  90. 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.

    1. 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 put themselves in the position of incriminating themselves…..in short “no penalty, no requirement”-just a “guideline”

    2. But they will tell you because of a sudden surge or back log…blah blah… it’s all still red tape. But wait them out. You will get your permit.

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