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.
To obtain a weapons carry license, you must apply at the probate court in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:
Additionally, you must not:
(Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-129.)
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).)
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.
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.