Preemption (GA)

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 firearms or other weapons or components of firearms or other weapons; [[ciii]] firearms dealers or dealers of other weapons;[[civ]] or dealers in components of firearms or other weapons. [[cv]] However, municipalities may require the ownership of firearms by the head of the households, regulate the transport, carry and possession of firearms by the members of the local government, and may prohibit the discharge of firearms within its boundaries. [[cvi]]

Additionally, Georgia’s legislature has retained the exclusive right to make knife laws within the state. Except restrictions regarding courthouses and government buildings, counties and municipalities are not allowed to restrict the possession, manufacture, sale, or transfer of knives more than the Georgia General Assembly has already done. [[cvii]]