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  • Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.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

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.

James Wilson
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James Wilson

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?

Charlie Lohr
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Charlie Lohr

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 ?

Caleb
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Caleb

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

STEVEN SANDERS
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STEVEN SANDERS

You will need a Ga drivers license

Steve
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Steve

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

Robert L Hill
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Robert L Hill

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

Steve
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Steve

Yes.

Matt
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Matt

Can i carry my gun without a holster ?

Lee
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Lee

No

Jsmes B Carter
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Jsmes B Carter

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!

Steve
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Steve

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

Michael
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Michael

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?

Steve
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Steve

I don’t know if it has been challenged in court of not, but I think the answer to your question is no. O.C.G.A 16-11-126 makes mention of “a weapon” every time it gives an example of when someone can be armed.

https://codes.findlaw.com/ga/title-16-crimes-and-offenses/ga-code-sect-16-11-126.html

Matt
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Matt

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

James Wilson
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James Wilson

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

Steve
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Steve

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”.

James
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James

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

Simon
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Simon

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.

Jsmes B Carter
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Jsmes B Carter

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.

Wesley Miller
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Wesley Miller

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.

Steve
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Steve

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… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Oops! Correction:

Church leadership, not church membership.

Ro Frett
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Ro Frett

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?

LoudBoomBoom
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LoudBoomBoom

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

Dan
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Dan

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

Mike
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Mike

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

Vondon
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Vondon

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.

Steve
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Steve

Vondon, do you have a link to the law you are quoting?

Simon
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Simon

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).

Papi
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Papi

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

Jay
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Jay

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

Greg stimler
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Greg stimler

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

nxb
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nxb

Until the expiration date!

Ken Bowen
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Ken Bowen

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

Daniel Thompson
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Daniel Thompson

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.

Joe Mama
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Joe Mama

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!

Kent Palmer
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Kent Palmer

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

Drew Autry
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Drew Autry

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

Christopher Z Williamson
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Christopher Z Williamson

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

Steve
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Steve

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)