Posted Posted in GA Weapon Laws

Georgia’s General Assembly has declared that that the regulation of firearms is an issue of statewide concern. Thus, it has stated that no county or municipal corporation, by zoning, by ordinance or resolution, or by any other means, may regulate gun shows; [[cii]] the possession, ownership, transport, carrying, transfer, sale, purchase, licensing, or registration of […]

Stand Your Ground/ No Duty to Retreat

Posted Posted in GA Weapon Laws

Georgia is a “stand your ground state.” This means that a person who uses threats of force or force in defense of them self or others, their home or their property [[xcvii]] has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and use force, including deadly force. [[xcviii]] Someone […]

Justifiable Homicide

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A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when they reasonably believe that such threat or force is necessary to defend themselves or a third person against another’s imminent use of unlawful force. [[xciv]] Additionally, they are justified in using force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily […]


Posted Posted in GA Weapon Laws

The carry of weapons in a place of worship or a church, regardless of whether the individual holds a weapons carry license, is prohibited by law unless the governing body or authority of the place of worship expressly permits it. [[xciii]]

Open carry

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Open carry of handguns is only allowed in Georgia with a weapons carry license. Individuals may carry long guns openly without a license. However, if they are loaded, they may only be carried openly. [[lxxv]] The following chart lists and compares the places license holders are allowed and prohibited from carrying a concealed pistol or revolver: Locations Allowed With […]

Licensed Carry

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Georgia is a “shall issue” state regarding weapons carry licenses. This means that as long as the person applying for the weapons carry license meets the minimum requirements, they will be issued a license. Individuals may apply to the probate court of the county in which they are a resident and, upon investigation, the court […]

Unlicensed Carry

Posted Posted in GA Weapon Laws, Gun Laws

Any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun or long gun may carry a weapon or long gun on their property or inside their home, motor vehicle, or place of business without a valid weapons carry license.[[lxiv]] Individuals may also carry handguns in a closed case, provided they are not loaded. […]

Pocket Knives

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Georgia does not restrict the ownership of knives. It is legal to own or possess any knife you want. Georgia does however restrict the carry of knives. It is illegal to carry openly or concealed knives with a blade length of 12 inches or greater without a weapons carry license. Under Georgia law, a knife […]