Georgia constitutionally guarantees the rights of citizens to bear arms. The state gun laws regulate the purchase, sale, use, and transfer of all firearms, ammunition, and accessories in the state. Georgia is a “Shall Issue” state and all licenses to carry are processed through the probate court system. Georgia allows open carry for specific criteria, such as your home, workplace or vehicle, someone else’s vehicle, while fishing or hunting or if it’s a long gun, you can carry it around right out in the open with a permit. The state governs all gun laws and does not allow local counties to set firearm rules. Along with the fairy permissive laws, you cannot carry in a courthouse, prison, jail, government building, mental health facility, place of worship, a polling station, near a power plant or on any school grounds. If however, you keep your firearm in a locked box in your vehicle when visiting these places; that is ok. According to Georgia’s "Stand Your Ground" law, citizens are not required to retreat before using deadly force against any attackers.
Georgia’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
The thirty-three states that honor Georgia’s weapon permits are
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. In kind, Georgia honors permits from these states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
There are seventeen states that do not honor Georgia’s weapon permits, and they are
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Washington D.C.
You do not need a concealed carry permit to have a gun in your home, workplace or car or while fishing or hunting. However, there are other restrictions, and a license helps to bypass those. The Georgia gun law stipulates you need a permit “outside your property.” Permits are processed through probate court for the county. You do not have to notify officers if you are carrying and you can carry in a state park or wildlife preserve. You also do not have to worry about any “no weapons” signs. You can freely carry into bars, restaurants and other businesses that serve and sell alcohol.
To apply for a gun permit in Georgia, you need to be at least 21 years old. If you are in the military, however, you can be 18. You must live in the county where you file your application, and you must be able to prove your residency. You must also be a valid U.S. citizen. You must comply with all federal permit statues and cannot have any felonies or mental illness. You also cannot have any drug convictions or a history of family violence. Your previous license cannot be suspended. You will also need a copy of your birth certificate or passport when applying, plus your driver’s license. It costs $75 for your initial permit and $40 to renew it. You must renew your old permit 90 days before it expires.
Private sales of guns are exempt from background checks, and you do not need to register or inform anyone if selling. Georgia used to be a “point of sale” state but then in 2005 repealed that part of the law. So now all gun sale background checks have to be processed through the NCIS and the FBI. Oddly enough one town in Georgia, Kennesaw actually requires that all homeowners have a firearm and ammunition. Anyone who has a concealed carry weapon permit in Georgia can purchase a gun without the need for a background check.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Weapons carry license (handguns)||$75 varies by county||$30.00||$6.00||$5.00||$100.00|
|State parks||School bus|
|State and national forests||School function|
|Road side rest areas||School safety zone|
|Vehicle||Secured area of an airport|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden||Courthouse|
|Government building if restricted by security personnel|
|Jail or prison|
|State mental health facility|
|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|
|Monday – Friday:||8:00 am - 4:30 pm|
|Address:||Department of Public Safety Headquarters|
959 E. Confederate Ave. SE
|City:||Atlanta, GA 30316|
Appling County Courthouse 36 S. Main Street Baxley, GA 31513
19 W Roberts Ave, PO Box 855 Pearson, GA 31642
502 W 12th Street, #100, P.O. Box 389 Alma, GA 31510,
Baker County Government Building 167 Baker Place P.O. Box 548 Newton, GA 39870
Baldwin County Courthouse 121 North Wilkinson Street Milledgeville, GA 31061
144 Yonah Homer Road, Suite 7 Homer, GA 30547
652 Barrow Park Drive, Suite D Winder, GA 30680
135 West Cherokee Avenue, Suite 243A Cartersville, GA 30120