What are the Gun Laws in Georgia?

The second amendment of the Constitution allows citizens of the United States the right to bear arms. However, certain regulations on guns are made at the state level as well. It is because of this that it is important to know the gun laws within your state. The state of Georgia is a supporter of this amendment. However, the purchase and use of these guns are required to be lawful. In the event that they are not, offenders can be charged with a gun crime. If you have been charged with a gun crime in Georgia, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney for assistance with your case.

Gun Laws in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, gun control laws are not as strict as other states. It is because of this that residents in the state can possess rifles and shotguns without requirements of the following:

  • The owner having a license
  • A permit to purchase
  • A permit to carry
  • Registration of the firearm

It is important to know that handguns do require a permit to carry in the state of Georgia. However, it is not necessary to have a permit to purchase, a licensing of owners, or registration of the firearm. In addition to this, there is no waiting period to purchase a gun, but there is a 60-day waiting period for a license to carry a handgun.

Restrictions on Gun Laws

As stated previously, all guns are required to be possessed and used legally in Georgia. For example, the state puts restrictions on who can obtain a firearm. The following people are not allowed to purchase or possess a firearm in Georgia:

  • Those under the age of 18 years old
  • Convicted felons
  • Anyone hospitalized as inpatient at a mental hospital or drug/alcohol treatment center within five years

In addition to this, there are other restrictions on the types of firearms that may be possessed as well as how they are used. This can include:

  • Short barreled rifles or shotguns, as well as silencers, explosive devices, and machine guns are prohibited
  • Firearms cannot be pointed at another person
  • Firearms cannot be discharged within 50 yards of a public highway or street
  • Firearms cannot be discharged on someone else’s property without their consent
  • Firearms cannot be discharged while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Counties or municipal corporations cannot regulate gun shows
  • Counties or municipal corporations cannot regulate the possession, ownership, transport, sale, purchase, licensing, or registration of firearms

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