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  • Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.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

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

Boss life
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Boss life

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… Read more »

Trixie
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Trixie

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?

Boss life
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Boss life

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.

RedNeck
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RedNeck

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

Landon Jones
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Landon Jones

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

Will Parker
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Will Parker

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.

Paul
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Paul

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… Read more »

Chuck
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Chuck

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.

Chuck
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Chuck

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

Sean
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Sean

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.

Stephen
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Stephen

Yes, except on a college campus where it must be concealed.

Tim-o
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Tim-o

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.

Tim-o
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Tim-o

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

Preston
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Preston

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

Matticus
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Matticus

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.

Tim-o
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Tim-o

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

Jim Durand
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Jim Durand

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.

Ron
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Ron

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

Alex
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Alex

Not African Americans Sir freed slaves

Ms Randi Cook
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Ms Randi Cook

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

JPolk84
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JPolk84

New law allows carry in a church if the church leaders have no restrictions.

Kurt
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Kurt

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.

Michael Beausoleil
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Michael Beausoleil

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?

Jonathan Bradley
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Jonathan Bradley

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

Tyler
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Tyler

If you are inside your vehicle, no permit required.

Greg Munson
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Greg Munson

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

April
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April

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?

Phil Blakely
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Phil Blakely

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.

Kurt
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Kurt

Look at a web site called reciprocity . org

ctm
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ctm

Be advised that your gun will not work when separated from its ammo.

purple
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purple

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?

mancow
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mancow

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

Dinath
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Dinath

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.

jerry
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jerry

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

Stephen
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Stephen

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.

Fatboy
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Fatboy

The state of South Carolina will now allow a Ga ccw. Ga now will now allow a SC ccw

Crystal
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Crystal

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

Hospital Employee
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Hospital Employee

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.

Sheena
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Sheena

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?

Sheena
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Sheena

** Frequent road trips to GA …. I hate you auto correct!!!!

Harleyquinn5606
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Harleyquinn5606

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.