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Georgia Constitutional Carry

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Georgia is not a constitutional carry state, and this means you must own a gun license before you can possess firearms within the state. The state has a shall-issue policy for gun license application. As long as you meet all the requirements provided by the state, you will be issued a firearm. The probate court of a county is responsible for issuing a gun license in Georgia.

To buy a handgun from a private dealer or gun shows in the state, you will not need to complete the NICS background check or register your firearm. However, federally licensed firearm dealers are under obligation to complete a criminal background check and follow all other protocols to the letter. You will also have to observe the stipulated waiting period to process the purchase.

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Possession of Firearms in Georgia

You need a gun license to open carry firearms in Georgia. It could either be the state’s own license known as Georgia Weapons Carry License, or one from a state that will be accepted by Georgia. Open carry of firearms is not permitted in every part of the state. There are some locations and areas that are restricted to gun owners with or without a gun permit.

You can open carry in restaurant areas as long as the management does not prohibit you from doing so. You can also open carry in roadside areas, but you must be with your permit.

Just like open carry in Georgia, you can conceal carry if you are a resident of the state with a gun license. Nonresidents can also conceal carry if they have a gun permit from any of the states on Georgia’s reciprocity list.

Unlike most states in the US, Georgia does not require you to complete firearm training before you can apply for a gun license. The age requirement to apply for a Georgia gun license is a minimum of twenty-one years old for residents of the state and eighteen years old for members of the military.

Georgia does not have a gun statute that prohibits the possession of firearms in restaurant and bar areas as long as the person has a pistol permit. The only exception to this is if there are posts or signage prohibiting weapons on the premises or if a person is under the influence of alcohol.

Also, private establishments can regulate or prohibit the possession of firearms on their premises. Hence, hotels can enact laws and policies for the possession of weapons. Georgia gun law allows permit holders in the state to possess a firearm in their vehicles when in a parking lot. The firearm can be in a locked compartment of the car, and this could be the trunk of the vehicle.

You do not need a license to possess a firearm in your home of residence, your car, business place, or any property that you own. Georgia gun law does not require you to have a license before you can possess firearms for activities such as fishing and hunting. You do not need a license to carry an unloaded or encased firearm too.

Anyone who uses a firearm in a threatening manner against another person in such a way that the person's life is in danger or risks bodily harm in a manner considered to be violent will be guilty of misconduct. According to gun laws in Georgia, such a person has violated the law when he or she deliberately points a firearm, loaded or unloaded, on another person without any legal justification to do so.

For permit reciprocity with other states, Georgia will accept permits from only states that will accept a Georgia-issued license.

Places Where you cannot Possess Firearms in Georgia

It does not matter if you are a resident or not, or you have a state-issued gun license, you cannot possess firearms in certain locations of Georgia. Exceptions may be made for law enforcement agents, peace officers, and members if the military.

  • You cannot conceal carry in school buses or any vehicle that is used to transport school students.
  • You cannot conceal carry in any gathering, event, or function that is organized by a school management
  • You cannot conceal carry in a school hostel or any building that is rented for school purposes.
  • You cannot conceal carry in a stadium or during a professional sporting event.
  • You cannot conceal carry in or within the premises or a courthouse.
  • You cannot conceal carry in restricted areas of an airport.
  • You cannot conceal carry in any building or property that is government-owned.
  • You cannot conceal carry in places of worship, except permitted by those in charge of the place.
  • You cannot conceal carry in a prison or any building used for criminal detention.
  • You cannot conceal carry in any mental institution.
  • You cannot conceal carry in a building that is used for the storage or nuclear power
  • You must be at least one hundred and fifty feet away from your gun in a polling center.
  • You cannot conceal carry in any places that have been prohibited by federal laws.

Application For Firearm Permit in Georgia

To apply for Georgia concealed Weapon License, go online and complete the application or visit your county’s probate court. You will have to submit your completed application form, a copy of your birth certificate or your US passport card, Georgia’s driver's license, or an identification card. Your license permit application approval will be mailed to you if you meet all the necessary requirements

Your Georgia CCW permit is only valid for five years, after which you will have to renew it if you intend to continue carrying. Your renewal application process can start about ninety days prior to the expiration of your license. You also have a grace of thirty days to renew after the permit has expired. If you exceed this grace, you will not be able to apply again. This means you will have to start the whole application process all over again.

Active service members with an expired license but under the employment of another state will be allowed to use any other gun in accordance with that of the expired Georgia gun permit, for a period of six months.

To renew your Georgian gun license, go online or visit the probate court in your local county to pick up the renewal application. Documents needed for your renewal application are a completed renewal application form, your birth certificate or the United States passport, any means of state identification, either a Georgia Driver’s license or the state ID card, and the required fee.

After the application has been renewed, you will be sent a mail to notify you of the approval.

The cost for a concealed weapon license in Georgia is seventy-five dollars while an application for renewal costs thirty-five dollars. There is also a waiting period of sixty days for the license

For stolen or lost permits in Georgia, report to your county probate court that issued you the permit. This must be done within a period of forty-eight hours that you discovered the loss or it was stolen. The judge will cancel your permit and a replacement permit would be given to you. You will also be charged a replacement fee.

Requirements to Apply for Gun Permit in Georgia

Before you can apply for a concealed weapon license in Georgia, it is important that you meet every requirement provided by gun laws of the state. They are:

  • You must have a minimum age of twenty-one before applying and a minimum age of eighteen for members of the military.
  • You must reside in the county where you are applying for a Georgia gun license.
  • You must be a legal citizen of the United States.
  • You must not be a convict of any criminal charge involving the usage or manufacturing of illicit substances or any drug that is under control by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
  • You must not be a convict of any felony crime that is yet to be pardoned.
  • You must not have a restraining order due to possessing a firearm without the required permit, possessing a firearm in an off-limit area, or a misdemeanor due to the use of drugs five years before the permit application.
  • You must not be mentally unfit, or be a patient in any mental hospital or rehabilitation center in five years before your Georgia permit application.
  • You must not be a fugitive or have an arrest warrant in your name.
  • You must not have your firearm permit revoked within three years before filing your application.
  • You must meet other federal laws requirements needed for a permit.

Is Constitutional Carry Permitted in Some Parts of Georgia?

Gun law in Georgia prohibits counties, municipalities, and political subdivisions of the state from enacting laws or ordinances for the regulation of firearms and ammunition in terms of ownership, transfer, possession, sales, registration, transportation. etc.

However, local governments can restrict the possession of firearms in certain parts of the state for safety reasons. But they are not allowed to legalize permitless carry Georgia.

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