Georgia law bars any person (including the holder of a “weapons carry” license) from carrying, possessing or having under the person’s control any firearm while within a school safety zone (meaning in or on any real property or building owned by or leased to any school or postsecondary institution),1 or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school.2 There are numerous exceptions to this prohibition, however.  Among other exceptions, this prohibition does not apply to:

  • A firearm used for classroom work authorized by a teacher;
  • Participants in organized sports shooting events or firearms training courses;
  • A person authorized in writing by a duly authorized school, local board of education, or postsecondary institution official to have a firearm in his or her possession or use within a school safety zone or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school;
  • A holder of a weapons carry license when he or she is within a school safety zone or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school, or when he or she has a firearm legally kept within a vehicle parked within a school safety or in transit through a designated school safety zone;
  • A firearm under the control of a weapons carry license holder in a locked compartment, container or firearms rack in or on a motor vehicle being used by a non-student adult over 21 within a school safety zone or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school, or when such vehicle is used to transport someone to an activity being conducted within a school safety zone which has been authorized by a duly authorized official; or
  • A person residing or transacting lawful business or visiting such resident located within a school safety zone but outside a school building, school property, a school function, or school-furnished transportation.3

See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-127.1(a)(8). ⤴︎
  2. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-127.1(b)(1). ⤴︎
  3. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-127.1, (c), (d)(1). Regarding the suspension or expulsion of students who have carried a firearm in school, see Ga. Code Ann. §§ 20-2-751.1(a), 20-2-751(4). ⤴︎