Gun control is a serious topic to discuss, and it's one that is often misunderstood. Georgia does have several important gun control laws that it governs. Violating these gun control laws can result in a felony charge in some instances, which could force you into prison upon conviction.
Every state has different laws for how people can obtain guns, when they can use them and the types of guns they can own. Georgia has a list of illegal arms that it does not allow within the state. These include:
- Machine guns
- Rocket launchers
- Recoilless rifles
- Hand grenades
- Sawed-off shotguns or rifles
If you have any of these weapons within the state, even with a license from another state, it's likely that you will face an arrest.
Georgia does not have a waiting period to buy a gun, but you do have to wait 60 days to obtain a license to carry a pistol. It's advised that all people who want to shoot take a course to learn, but there is no requirement to do so.
Did you know that carrying a gun onto school grounds or near school grounds is against the law? That's right, even walking by a school with a gun in the holster could be enough for an arrest, so if you'll be near school grounds, it's best to leave your gun at home.
Finally, know that certain people cannot own guns in Georgia. These people include those under 18, inpatients hospitalized for drug or alcohol treatment within the last five years of applying for the gun license or convicted felons. Fugitives and those pending proceedings related to gun crimes may also not be able to own a gun.
If you're not sure if you can own a gun legally or are accused of a gun crime across state lines, it's important to talk to your attorney and defend your right to carry.