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.
Georgia CCW Quick Facts
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- Georgia CCW Weapons License Requirements
- Applying for Georgia CCW Weapons License
- Georgia CCW Weapons License Renewals
- Georgia CCW Weapons License Fee's
- 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- Your weapons license has not been revoked in the last 3 years.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
Follow these steps to obtain a permit;
- Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from the Probate court. Some counties have online applications.
- You will need the following documents;
- Completed application form.
- Copy of birth certificate or US passport
- Drivers license or state ID card showing your county address
- You can apply to have a license renewed 90 days prior to the expiration date or within 30 days after the license has expired.
- A new application will need to be made if the license is more than 30 days past the expiration date.
- Renewal requirements are the same as for a new permit.
The cost varies between counties but are similar to the fees Henry County charges;
|Individual||$75 varies by county||$40|
Accepted forms of payment
Credit card, Debit card, Cash, Money orders, Local county checks – payable to Probate Court.
(will vary in different counties)
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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.
Having or Carrying Handguns, Long Guns, or Other Weapons; License Requirement; Exceptions for Homes, Motor Vehicles, and Other Locations and Conditions; Penalties for Violations
(e)(1)(A) Any person 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, but only while the licensee is not a resident of this state; provided, however, that:
- Such licensee licensed to carry a weapon in any other state shall carry the weapon in compliance with the laws of this state; and
- No other state shall be required to recognize and give effect to a license issued pursuant to this part that is held by a person who is younger than 21 years of age.
(B) The Attorney General shall create and maintain on the Department of Law’s website a list of those states whose laws recognize and give effect to license issued pursuant to this part as provided for in subsection (e) of this Code section.”
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Georgia: Places Off-Limits for CCW
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
- All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits
Georgia Handgun 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.
“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 permitYou 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”.
NO – Without a license
YES – With a licenseOpen carry is legal in Georgia if you have a carry license. This license allows you to carry in any way, open or concealed.
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.
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
History Of Georgia Gun Laws
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 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
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 Gun Statutes
(Art I. § 1, VIII)
Gun Laws Relating To Concealed Carry
(g) Notwithstanding Code Sections 12-3-10, 27-3-1.1, 27-3-6, and 16.12.122 through 16.12.127, any person with a valid weapons carry license may carry a weapon in all parks, historic sites, or recreational areas, as such term is defined in Code Section 12-3-10, including all publicly owned buildings located in such parks, historic sites, and recreational areas, in wildlife management areas, and on public transportation; provided, however, that a person shall not carry a handgun into a place where it is prohibited by federal law.
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) ‘Courthouse’ means a building occupied by judicial courts and containing rooms in which judicial proceedings are held.
(2) ‘Government building’ means:
- (A) The building in which a government entity is housed;
- (B) The building where a government entity meets in its official capacity; provided, however, that if such building is not a publicly owned building, such building shall be considered a government building for the purposes of this Code section only during the time such government entity is meeting at such building; or
- (C) The portion of any building that is not a publicly owned building that is occupied by a government entity.
(3) ‘Government entity’ means an office, agency, authority, department, commission, board, body, division, instrumentality, or institution of the state or any county, municipal corporation, consolidated government, or local board of education within this state.
(4) ‘Parking facility’ means real property owned or leased by a government entity, courthouse, jail, prison, or place of worship that has been designated by such government entity, courthouse, jail, prison, or place of worship for the parking of motor vehicles at a government building or at such courthouse, jail, prison, place of worship.
(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:
- In a government building as a nonlicense holder;
- In a courthouse;
- In a jail or prison;
- 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;
- In a state mental health facility as defined in Code Section 37-1-1 which admits individuals on an involuntary basis for treatment of mental illness, developmental disability, or addictive disease; provided, however, that carrying a weapon or long gun in such location in a manner in compliance with paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of this Code section shall not constitute a violation of this subsection;
- On the premises of a nuclear power facility, except as provided in Code Section 22.214.171.124, and the punishment provisions of Code Section 126.96.36.199 shall supersede the punishment provisions of this Code section; or
- Within 150 feet of any polling place when elections are being conducted and such polling place is being used as a polling place as provided for in paragraph (27) of Code Section 21-2-2
(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; 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.
(d) Subsection (b) of this Code section shall not apply:
- To the use of weapons or long guns as exhibits in a legal proceeding, provided such weapons or long guns are secured and handled as directed by the personnel providing courtroom security or the judge hearing the case;
- To a license holder who approaches security or management personnel upon arrival at a location described in subsection (b) of this Code section and notifies such security or management personnel of the presence of the weapon or long gun and explicitly follows the security or management personnel’s direction for removing, securing, storing, or temporarily surrendering such weapon or long gun; and
- To a weapon or long gun possessed by a license holder which is under the possessor’s control in a motor vehicle or is in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle or one which is in a locked container in or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle and such vehicle is parked in a parking facility.
- A license holder shall be authorized to carry a weapon in a government building when the government building is open for business and where ingress into such building is not restricted or screened by security personnel. A license holder who enters or attempts to enter a government building carrying a weapon where ingress is restricted or screened by security personnel shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if at least one member of such security personnel is certified as a peace officer pursuant to Chapter 8 of Title 35; provided, however, that a license holder who immediately exits such building or immediately leaves such location upon notification of his or her failure to clear security due to the carrying of a weapon shall not be guilty of violating this subsection or paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of this Code section. A person who is not a license holder and who attempts to enter a government building carrying a weapon shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
- 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.”
Carrying weapons within school safety zones, at school functions, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) “Bus or other transportation furnished by a school” means a bus or other transportation furnished by a public or private elementary or secondary school.
(2) “School function” means a school function or related activity that occurs outside of a school safety zone and is for a public or private elementary or secondary school.
(3) “School safety zone” means in or on any real property or building owned by or leased to:
- (A) Any public or private elementary school, secondary school, or local board of education and used for elementary or secondary education; and
- (B) Any public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of postsecondary education.
(4) “Weapon” means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, knuckles, whether made from metal, thermoplastic, wood, or other similar material, blackjack, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind, and any stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 16.11.106. This paragraph excludes any of these instruments used for classroom work authorized by the teacher.
(b) (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry to or to possess or have under such person’s control while within a school safety zone or at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school any weapon or explosive compound, other than fireworks the possession of which is regulated by Chapter 10 of Title 25.
(c) The provisions of this Code section shall not apply to:
(6) A person who has been authorized in writing by a duly authorized official of a public or private elementary or secondary school or a public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of postsecondary education or a local board of education as provided in Code Section 188.8.131.52 to have in such person’s possession or use within a school safety zone, at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school a weapon which would otherwise be prohibited by this Code section. Such authorization shall specify the weapon or weapons which have been authorized and the time period during which the authorization is valid;
(7) A person who is licensed in accordance with Code Section 16.11.129 or issued a permit pursuant to Code Section 43-38-10, when such person carries or picks up a student within a school safety zone, at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school or a person who is licensed in accordance with Code Section 16.11.129 or issued a permit pursuant to Code Section 43-38-10 when he or she has any firearm legally kept within a vehicle when such vehicle is parked within a school safety zone or is in transit through a designated school safety zone;
(8) A weapon possessed by a license holder which is under the possessor’s control in a motor vehicle or which is in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle or one which is in a locked container in or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle which is being used by an adult over 21 years of age to bring to or pick up a student within a school safety zone, at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school, or when such vehicle is used to transport someone to an activity being conducted within a school safety zone which has been authorized by a duly authorized official or local board of education as provided by paragraph (6) of this subsection; provided, however, that this exception shall not apply to a student attending a public or private elementary or secondary school;
(17) Teachers and other personnel who are otherwise authorized to possess or carry firearms, provided that any such firearm is in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle or one which is in a locked container in or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle;
(18) Constables of any county of this state;
(19) Any person who is 18 years of age or older or currently enrolled in classes on the campus in question and carrying, possessing, or having under such person’s control an electroshock weapon while in or on any building or real property owned by or leased to such public technical school, vocational school, college or university or other public institution of postsecondary education; provided, however, that, if such person makes use of such electroshock weapon, such use shall be in defense of self or others. The exemption under this paragraph shall apply only to such person in regard to such electroshock weapon. As used in this paragraph, the term ‘electroshock weapon’ means any commercially available device that is powered by electrical charging units and designed exclusively to be capable of incapacitating a person by electrical charge, including, but not limited to, a stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 16.11.106;
(20)(A) Any weapons carry license holder when he or she is in any building or on real property owned by or leased to any public technical school, vocational school, college, or university, or other public institution of postsecondary education; provided, however, that such exception shall:
- (i) Not apply to buildings or property used for athletic sporting events or student housing, including, but not limited to, fraternity and sorority houses;
- (ii) Not apply to any preschool or childcare space located within such buildings or real property;
- (iii) Not apply to any room or space being used for classes related to a college and career academy or other specialized school as provided for under Code Section 20-4-37;
- (iv) Not apply to any room or space being used for classes in which high school students are enrolled through a dual enrollment program, including, but not limited to, classes related to the “Move on When Ready Act” as provided for under Code Section 20-2-161.3;
- (v) Not apply to faculty, staff, or administrative offices or rooms where disciplinary proceedings are conducted;
- (vi) Only apply to the carrying of handguns which a licensee is licensed to carry pursuant to subsection (e) of Code Section 16.11.126 and pursuant to Code Section 16.11.129; and
- (vii) Only apply to the carrying of handguns which are concealed.
(B) Any weapons carry license holder who carries a handgun in a manner or in a building, property, room, or space in violation of this paragraph shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; provided, however, that for a conviction of a first offense, such weapons carry license holder shall be punished by a fine of $25.00 and not be sentenced to serve any term of confinement.
(C) As used in this paragraph, the term:
- (i) “Concealed” means carried in such a fashion that does not actively solicit the attention of others and is not prominently, openly, and intentionally displayed except for purposes of defense of self or others. Such term shall include, but not be limited to, carrying on one’s person while such handgun is substantially, but not necessarily completely, covered by an article of clothing which is worn by such person, carrying within a bag of a nondescript nature which is being carried about by such person, or carrying in any other fashion as to not be clearly discernible by the passive observation of others.
- (ii) “Preschool or childcare space” means any room or continuous collection of rooms or any enclosed outdoor facilities which are separated from other spaces by an electronic mechanism or human- staffed point of controlled access and designated for the provision of preschool or childcare services, including, but not limited to, preschool or childcare services licensed or regulated under Article 1 of Chapter 1A of Title 20
(a) No person shall enter the restricted access area of a commercial service airport, in or beyond the airport security screening checkpoint, knowingly possessing or knowingly having under his or her control a weapon or long gun. Such area shall not include an airport drive, general parking area, walkway, or shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoint and that are normally open to unscreened passengers or visitors to the airport. Any restricted access area shall be clearly indicated by prominent signs indicating that weapons are prohibited in such area.
(b) A person who is not a license holder and who violates this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. A license holder who violates this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; provided, however, that a license holder who is notified at the screening checkpoint for the restricted access area that he or she is in possession of a weapon or long gun and who immediately leaves the restricted access area following such notification and completion of federally required transportation security screening procedures shall not be guilty of violating this Code section.
(d)(1)(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to come inside the guard lines established at any jail with, or to give or have delivered to an inmate of a jail, any controlled substance, dangerous drug, marijuana, or any gun, pistol, or other dangerous weapon without the knowledge and consent of the jailer or a law enforcement officer.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (3) of this subsection, any person who violates subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned for not less than one nor more than five years.
(j) Perimeter guard lines shall be established at every jail by the jailer thereof. Such guard lines shall be clearly marked by signs on which shall be plainly stamped or written: ‘Guard line of __________.’ Signs shall also be placed at all entrances and exits for vehicles and pedestrians at the jail and at such intervals along the guard lines as will reasonably place all persons approaching the guard lines on notice of the location of the jail.
Other CCW Statutes
(a) Every license holder shall have his or her valid weapons carry license in his or her immediate possession at all times when carrying a weapon, or if such person is exempt from having a weapons carry license pursuant to Code Section 16-11-130 or subsection (c) of Code Section 16-11-127.1, he or she shall have proof of his or her exemption in his or her immediate possession at all times when carrying a weapon, and his or her failure to do so shall be prima-facie evidence of a violation of the applicable provision of Code Sections 16-11-126 through 16-11-127.2.
(b) A person carrying a weapon shall not be subject to detention for the sole purpose of investigating whether such person has a weapons carry license.
(c) A person convicted of a violation of this Code section shall be fined not more than $10.00 if he or she produces in court his or her weapons carry license, provided that it was valid at the time of his or her arrest, or produces proof of his or her exemption.
(a)(1) It is declared by the General Assembly that the regulation of firearms and other weapons is properly an issue of general, state-wide concern.
(2) The General Assembly further declares that the lawful design, marketing, manufacture, and sale of firearms and ammunition and other weapons to the public is not unreasonably dangerous activity and does not constitute a nuisance per se.
(b)(1) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, no county or municipal corporation, by zoning or by ordinance or resolution or by any other means, nor any agency, board, department, commission, or authority of this state, other than the General Assembly, by rule or regulation political subdivision, school district, shall regulate in any manner:
- (A) Gun shows;
- (B) The possession, ownership, transport, carrying, transfer, sale, purchase, licensing, or registration of firearms or other weapons or components of firearms or other weapons;
- (C) Firearms dealers or dealers of other weapons or
- (D) Dealers in components of firearms or other weapons.
(2) The authority to bring suit and right to recover against any weapons, firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association, or dealer by or on behalf of any governmental unit created by or pursuant to an Act of the General Assembly or the Constitution, or any department, agency, or authority thereof, for damages, abatement, or injunctive relief resulting from or relating to the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, or sale of weapons, firearms or ammunition to the public shall be reserved exclusively to the state. This paragraph shall not prohibit a political subdivision or local government authority from bringing an action against a weapon, firearms or ammunition manufacturer or dealer for breach of contract or express warranty as to weapons, firearms or ammunition purchased by the political subdivision or local government authority.
(c) (1) A county or municipal corporation may regulate the transport, carrying, or possession of firearms by employees of the local unit of government or by unpaid volunteers of such local unit of government, in the course of their employment or volunteer functions with such local unit of government provided, however, that the sheriff or chief of police shall be solely responsible for regulating and determining the possession, carrying, and transportation of firearms and other weapons by employees under his or her respective supervision so long as such regulations comport with state and federal law.
(2) The commanding officer of any law enforcement agency shall regulate and determine the possession, carrying, and transportation of firearms and other weapons by employees under his or her supervision so long as such regulations comport with state and federal law.
(3) The district attorney, and the solicitor-general in counties where there is a state court, shall regulate and determine the possession, carrying, and transportation of firearms and other weapons by county employees under his or her supervision so long as such regulations comport with state and federal law.
(d) Nothing contained in this Code section shall prohibit municipalities or counties by ordinance or resolution, from requiring the ownership of guns by heads of households within the political subdivision.
(e) Nothing contained in this Code section shall prohibit municipalities or counties, by ordinance, resolution, from reasonably limiting or prohibiting the discharge of firearms within the boundaries of the municipal corporation or county.
(f) As used in this Code section, the term ‘weapon’ means any device designed or intended to be used, or capable of being used, for offense or defense, including but not limited to firearms, bladed devices, clubs, electric stun devices, and defense sprays.
(g) Any person aggrieved as a result of a violation of this Code section may bring an action against the person who caused such aggrievement. The aggrieved person shall be entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses of litigation and may recover or obtain against the person who caused such damages any of the following:
- Actual damages or $100.00, whichever is greater;
- Equitable relief, including, but not limited to, an injunction or restitution of money and property; and
- Any other relief which the court deems proper.”
Georgia CCW FAQ's
Georgia CCW Contact
Fulton County Probate Court
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm
Address 136 Pryor Street, Suite C-230
Phone (404) 612-4692
Updates & Data Sources
|12/9/17||Updated Texas page|
|12/6/17||Updated California and Hawaii page, Hawaii page only partially completed.|
|12/1/17||Ohio page finished|
|11/24/17||Updated Washington DC to Shall Issue|
|11/8/17||Update Illinois page|
|11/1/17||Updated Florida and Alabama pages|
|10/12/17||Updated Ohio page, added new sections to statistics page|
|10/5/17||Added video section to Florida page|
|10/3/17||Updated Nevada page|
|10/2/17||Updated Georgia page|
|9/30/17||Updated Texas page|
|9/30/17||Entered new figures for latest 2017 NICS checks on Statistics page|
|9/29/17||Updated Pennsylvania page|
|9/26/17||Updated Florida page, added new links, forms and sections|
|7/22/17||updated permit numbers to latest figures|
|6/29/17||Updated permit numbers to 14,917,279|
|6/17/17||updated interface, added new travel info and other sections.|
- Crime Prevention Research Center
- The State of Georgia – Applying for a Firearms License
The percentage of population with a permit is actually 12.56%, we had to round it off to 12% as our counter will only accept whole numbers.
More detailed information can be found on the Statistics page.