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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  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
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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  • Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.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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George
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George

I see a lot of people from states that don’t honor Georgia’s CCW but what to know if they can carry in Georgia. Maybe you should be asking why your state won’t honor Georgia’s. Why would you expect Georgia to honor your states CCW when your state won’t honor ours. Better yet. Ask why there is even a need for CCW license in any state if we have a second amendment right.

jedge1234
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jedge1234

The Last part is the important part. Why do I need the State’s permission to use the 2nd amendment!

George
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George

What does South Carolina residential permits only mean. Can I carry legally in South Carolina with my Georgia Concealed Carry License

J Austin
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J Austin

If GA is your residence, and you have a GA Carry permit, yes, you may legally carry when you are over in SC. I might add tho, SC does **not** permit open carry, even with a permit, or its own citizens for that matter. So keep it concealed no matter where you are in SC. Stay safe!

Claudia Suarez
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Claudia Suarez

Hello. So it’s unclear in other sites I’ve visited about there being a law to carry in a holster. Is there a law that I have to carry my gun in a holster or not? I know it is recommended but I just want to get this clear. Thank you!

Claudia Suarez
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Claudia Suarez

Sorry I didn’t mention but i live in the state of Georgia.

Randall
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Randall

I live in Atlanta Ga across the street from a middle school. The sidewalks we use are adjacent to school property. I dont know if the sidewalk is school or municipal property but is within 1000 feet of property, I have a valid CCW from the county. The fed / state laws all refer to possession in a vehicle while traveling school property but we are just taking a evenings walk and not in a car. Can I legally carry for this walk?

Kishun Barker
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Kishun Barker

I would recommend asking an officer or a lawyer before you do anything

Steve Bales
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Steve Bales

I have a concealed carry from Nebraska but Georgia doesn’t honor Nebraska permits. I will be traveling through Georgia. How can I legally carry my handgun in my vehicle?

J Austin
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J Austin

From what I can tell, your vehicle is your property, so you may openly or conceal your weapon in your vehicle. BUT, you may not carry your weapon outside your vehicle, w/o a carry permit from GA or another reciprocal state.

Quinn
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Quinn

I’m wanting to apply for my concealed carry license. Tho on my record I have a charge of negligent driving in the first degree. Will that keep my application from being accepted? Thanks in advance.

Timothy Mayfield
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Timothy Mayfield

I have a domestic vigilance charge on me and I happened over 10 yrs ago an I done all my anger management ,drug an alcohol classes paid all fines and I haven’t had any kind of violent charges against since then how can I get a few permit or carry license because I’m not physically able to protect my family and home because of medical issues and my house has done been broke into 3 times

John
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John

File for an expungement at the courthouse you received the charge at. Normally it will take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months or sometimes longer if they require you to talk to a judge, but if your record has been clean for 10 years as you stated then there shouldn’t be any problems. Once you receive a notice of expungement you can then go to your local courthouse and apply for a carry permit….also just to add to this many Americans don’t know that a conviction of the misdemeanor crime of simple battery under the family violence act places… Read more »

eddie long
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eddie long

what are the spacifics on muzzle loading rifles

Trey
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Trey

Is it legal for a minor to own a black powder revolver?

eddie long
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eddie long

minor can own but not be in possesion without adult supervision and cap an ball revolvers are dangerous if the cylinder ever cracks they will igninte more than one shot

Nolan J
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Nolan J

How old do I have to be to open carry without a license?

William
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William

You cannot carry on your person at all (Open carry or concealed) without a CCW license, regardless of age.

John
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John

Firearms are allowed in churches with the permission of the church. We have an armed security team at our church.

Alie
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Alie

We do too, but they are working directly with the local law enforcement.

Mark
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Mark

Is inside the waistband legal ccw in ga.?

William
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William

With a CCW license, yes.

Donald Laughter
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Donald Laughter

I have an indefinite restraining order in florida filed by my ex stepson, no blood relation.
I now live in Kennesaw Georgia, can I obtain a ccw and buy a gun?
I’ve heard as long as the restraining order isn’t from a spouse or blood relative I can obtain both. True or false.

William
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William

It depends on what the restraining order is for.

Jeff
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Jeff

I’m a CCW license holder in Florida. I have carried hollow point rounds since 1996. I used to live in New Jersey. Went to see my son less than a year ago and he told me if your caught with 1 hollow point round even if there are no fire arms or magazines or other ammo in the car you will be living in a prison cell for 10 years. I will be driving through Georgia next week. Are hollow points legal to carry in Georgia?

S. Starkey
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S. Starkey

Yes, I carry hollow points in my firearm all the time and I reside IN Georgia. Leos (ei county and state) are more concerned on whether or not you are able to be in legal posession of your firearm (criminal background, fugitive), or anything that would disqualify you from owning one to begin with. We are a very gun friendly state, safe travels as you pass through.

David Ashley
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David Ashley

yes Georgia as of yet has not regulated what ammo you can purchase and or have in you re posetion

Michelle
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Michelle

You can buy hollow point bullets in Georgia, I bought 22 lr hollow point bullets so they aren’t illegal, if they were why would they sell them everywhere including wal mart.

edward spurgeon
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edward spurgeon

is it legal to have a round in the chamber of a pistol. i.e. a 9mm automatic..i have a ccw.

Ben Dover
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Ben Dover

you know it

S. Starkey
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S. Starkey

Absolutely, that second to rack/chamber can make a huge difference.

David Ashley
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David Ashley

yes it is legal I live in Glynn county Ga. and and I have carried that way for years

Robert
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Robert

I am working in Minnesota and sleeping in my trailer. Am I allowed to keep a loaded handgun in my trailer? I have a GA CC permit

William
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William

Your GA CCW is not accepted in the state of Minnesota. Here is a helpful link https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Georgia#Overview

That guy
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That guy

I’m 19 and want to open carry or keep a handgun in my vehichle is there any way to do that legally

S.Starkey
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S.Starkey

no, for the most part, better to follow the law of your state, illegal posession of a firearm is no small matter.

Kishun Barker
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Kishun Barker

You have to 21 to buy a pistol

David Ashley
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David Ashley

join Millitary or become a peace officer

Anitra Bearfield
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Anitra Bearfield

Get a cwl

brickmouse
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brickmouse

dude get a shotgun for your vehicle.

Isaac Wood
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Isaac Wood

Can a felon be in the same car as you with a ccw permit

Sean Kinsella
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Sean Kinsella

I hear alot that as an actuve duty military member i can open and conceal carry. Is that true?

Aaron
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Aaron

A lot* but no you can not unless you have a ccw

Johnny
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Johnny

I filed for a license and was denied due to incomplete criminal history. They are asking for dispositions of charges from when I lived in NY dating back over 10 years. Do I need a lawyer in my appeal? Is it as simple as updating them on those previous crimes? They were lower class misdemeanor. Only 2