State Gun Laws - Georgia - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here’s an overview of gun laws in the state of Georgia. Please note that laws can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most current and official sources or legal professionals for the most up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. A license is required to carry a concealed firearm in Georgia. The license is called a Georgia Weapons Carry License (GWCL).
2. To purchase a firearm in Georgia, a background check is required, but there is no separate permit or license required for firearm ownership.

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. Private firearm sales and transfers do not require a background check in Georgia unless the seller has reason to believe that the buyer is prohibited from owning firearms.

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. Georgia does not have a specific ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. Georgia does not have specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms, but it is generally recommended to store firearms in a safe and secure manner to prevent unauthorized access.

2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in Georgia, but it is advisable to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. Georgia is a “shall-issue” state for concealed carry permits. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issues GWCLs to eligible applicants who meet the statutory requirements.

2. Open carry of firearms is generally allowed in Georgia for individuals who have a GWCL. Without a GWCL, open carry of handguns is generally prohibited, but long guns (rifles and shotguns) can be openly carried.

Stand Your Ground Law:

1. Georgia has a Stand Your Ground law, which allows individuals to use deadly force, without a duty to retreat, if they reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent imminent death, great bodily harm, or the commission of a forcible felony.

It’s important to consult the official Georgia state statutes or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of Georgia’s gun laws.