Gun Laws in Georgia

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Gun Laws in Georgia

If you intend to carry your gun outside of your own property, you must apply for a license with your county probate court. However, you are still allowed to legally store your firearm in your home, motor vehicle or place of business without holding a license. With that said, if you carry your gun for hunting or sporting, your current hunting license permits you carry your firearm outside of your own property.

Georgia will charge with a misdemeanor for the following:

  • If you don’t have a current firearms or hunting license when you carry a gun outside your own property.
  • If you intentionally and without legal justification point or aim a gun or pistol at another, regardless of whether the gun or pistol is loaded.
  • If you fire a gun or pistol within 50 yards of a public highway or street without legal justification for doing so.
  • If you discharge a firearm on private property without the approval of the property owner.
  • If you discharge a firearm while you are intoxicated.

When hunting, you may be guilty of a misdemeanor if you use a weapon in a way that disregards and endangers the safety of another person. While these charges are pending, you’ll forfeit your current license, and so you must then apply for a temporary hunting license.

Georgia will charge with a felony for the following:

  • If you give a firearm to a minor for illegal purposes. This offense entails a fine of up to $5,000 or a three- to five-year prison sentence.
  • If you solicit or persuade a dealer to give a firearm to anyone other than the actual buyer.
  • If you fire a gun or pistol within 50 yards of a public highway or street without legal justification for doing so.
  • If you deliberately alter or counterfeit a weapons carry license or carry an altered or counterfeit weapons carry license. This offense carries with it a one- to five-year prison sentence.

Minors may carry firearms when they are attending hunter education and firearms safety courses, practicing target shooting at a range, or participating in competitions or performances that use firearms. With the consent of their parents, minors may also apply for hunting licenses and may carry firearms while on their parents’ property.

If you own your car and you hold a current weapons carry license, your employer cannot search the vehicle without reason. If your car belongs to your employer’s fleet, however, you do not have full control over searches and must speak directly with your employer.

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