State Law Background
Among other things, Georgia requires handgun dealers and employees of handgun dealers to obtain a state license. However, Georgia does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Regulate ammunition sales;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Provide local governments with the discretion to deny concealed weapons permits.
In 2016, Georgia had the 17th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Based on 2016 Firearms Trace Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Georgia had the 13th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016–meaning that crime guns sold originally in Georgia were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 13th highest rate among the states. Georgia supplied substantially more crime guns to other states than it imports.
Georgia Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Georgia, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.