See our Prohibited Purchasers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.

Georgia prohibits the purchase or receipt of a firearm by any person who is on probation as a “felony first offender,” or who has been convicted of a felony.1 Georgia has no other laws limiting who may possess firearms.

For information on the background check process used to enforce these provisions, see the Georgia Background Checks section.

Notes
  1. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-131(b), (b.1). ⤴︎