Georgia Gun Laws
Subject/LawLong gunsHandgunsRelevant StatutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoNoNone
Firearm registration?NoNoNone
Assault weapon law?NoNoNone
Magazine Capacity Restriction?NoNoNone
Owner license required?NoNoNone
Permit required for concealed carry?YesYesO.C.G.A § 16-11-129Concealed or open carry allowed with permit. See also O.C.G.A § 43–38–10 which is a special permit for armed security guards. Concealed carry of long guns allowed without a license ONLY if unloaded. O.C.G.A § 16-11-126 (b)
Permit required for open carry?NoYesO.C.G.A § 16-11-126Open carry of handguns allowed with a license issued under O.C.G.A § 16-11-129. Open carry of long guns allowed without a license. O.C.G.A § 16-11-126 (b)
State Preemption of local restrictions?YesYesO.C.G.A § 16-11-173Despite state preemption, several localities continue to have local gun restrictions. Recent court rulings have resulted in many of these ordinances being withdrawn.
NFA weapons restricted?NoNoNone
Peaceable Journey laws?NoNoNoneFederal rules observed.
Background checks required for private sales?NoNoNone

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