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 2017, Georgia had the 19th highest gun death rate among the states. Georgia also supplied crime guns to other states at the tenth highest rate among the states. Georgia exported crime guns at more than twice the national rate and nearly twice the rate at which it imported crime guns from other states.
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.