Georgia Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Georgia.

In Georgia, adults may purchase a gun without a permit. However, you must obtain a weapons carry license to openly carry a gun, or to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your body. (Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-129.) For more information, see  Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Georgia.

How to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License in Georgia

To obtain a weapons carry license, you must apply at the probate court in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:

  • be at least 21 years old (or 18 if you are a current or former member of the military who has completed basic training)
  • be eligible to possess a firearm under federal law
  • demonstrate competence with a handgun, and
  • submit a full set of fingerprints.

Additionally, you must not:

  • be a convicted felon
  • have felony proceedings pending against you
  • be a fugitive from justice
  • be prohibited from possessing a weapon under federal law
  • have been convicted of an offense involving unlawful manufacture or distribution of controlled substances or dangerous drugs
  • have been hospitalized in a mental hospital during the last five years, been adjudicated incompetent to stand trial, or adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity
  • have had your weapons carry license revoked, or
  • have been convicted of specified crimes involving weapons.

(Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-129.)

Does Georgia Recognize Concealed Handgun Licenses From Other States?

Yes. Georgia recognizes out-of-state licenses, as long the reciprocal state recognizes Georgia's concealed carry permits and the license holder is not a Georgia resident.

(Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-126(e).)

Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Handgun License

It is illegal to carry a handgun in Georgia, either openly or concealed without the appropriate carry permit. (Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-123.) Penalties include a fine of between $250 and $1,000, five years in prison, or both.

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Georgia, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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