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.

Georgia Reciprocity List

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  • Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.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

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

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

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?

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

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I am from Illinois and going to Georgia for vacation. I have an Illinois conceal carry permit but Georgia does not accept it, and I don’t want to leave home without protection. Can I just carry unloaded?

Michael Sears
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Michael Sears

Bring a shotgun

Jim
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Jim

I have a Utah Non Resident Concealed Firearm Permit can I carry in GA?

shane
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shane

With a GA concealed weapon permit, can I carry in a commercial vehicle?

Victor
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Victor

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.

Dave
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Dave

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.

edward spurgeon
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edward spurgeon

flordia is not a open carry state

Bryan Jeffrey Kotsch
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Bryan Jeffrey Kotsch

No. While Florida accepts reciprocity, there is no open carry in Florida.

Jose A. Lopez
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Jose A. Lopez

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

Neto
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Neto

No

Kaylynn Bearden
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Kaylynn Bearden

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.

stayphil
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stayphil

Yes Georgia will honor S.C. permit

Dwayne Duty
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Dwayne Duty

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.

stayphil
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stayphil

Open carry is legal in Ga. as long as you have a CCW

A .D. Gallo
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A .D. Gallo

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

Russ
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Russ

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.

Paul
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Paul

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

Jon
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Jon

You can carry openly, but in my opinion, I advise against it. Reason here: https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/friends-dont-let-friends-open-carry

Paul
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Paul

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

Willis Dyal
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Willis Dyal

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

Ben
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Ben

Can I carry my gun in my pants without a holster

Ana
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Ana

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

Mike Oates
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Mike Oates

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?

LoudBoomBoom
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LoudBoomBoom

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… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

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?

LoudBoomBoom
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LoudBoomBoom

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.

Steve
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Steve

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

Blake Downs
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Blake Downs

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?

Steven Sanders
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Steven Sanders

No

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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.

Steve
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Steve

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.