Age Requirements (GA)

In Georgia, it is a felony [[xiii]] for a person to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly sell or furnish a pistol or revolver to an individual under the age of 18. [[xiv]] It is also generally illegal for an individual under the age of 18 to have a handgun in their possession. [[xv]] However, there are a number of exceptions. It is not a violation of § 16-11-132 if the minor is: (1) Attending a hunter education course or a firearms safety course;[[xvi]] (2) engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range;[[xvii]] (3) engaging in an organized competition;[[xviii]] (4) carrying the handgun openly with permission from the landowner while hunting or fishing with a valid license; [[xix]] (5) traveling to or from any activity described in these exceptions if the handgun is not loaded; [[xx]] (6) on real property which is under the control of an adult who gives the youth permission to have the handgun; [[xxi]] (7) at their residence using the handgun for lawful self-defense.[[xxii]]