In 2006, Georgia created the Suicide Prevention Program to be managed by the injury prevention section of the Division of Public Health of the Georgia Department of Human Resources. As part of that law, Georgia recognized that, “In Georgia, three out of four suicide deaths involve a firearm.” The law requires the injury prevention section to, among other things, “Work with public officials to improve firearm safety.”1

Nevertheless, Georgia law does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm (although the federal law applies). Georgia law also does not generally require firearm owners to lock their weapons. State administrative regulations may govern the secure control of firearms in certain locations.

See our Locking Devices policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Ga. Code Ann. § 37-1-27 (formerly § 31-2-9). ⤴︎