So You Want to Carry a Gun?

Here is information on getting a license that will allow you to carry a gun.

If you want to carry a gun in the state of Georgia, you must get a Georgia Weapons License. To obtain a Weapons Carry License in Georgia, a Georgia resident goes to the Probate Court of their county of residence.

The Probate Judge is the issuing authority for Weapons Carry Licenses in the state of Georgia. Procedures vary slightly by county but are mostly prescribed by Georgia law.

Most Probate Courts will have a website which will detail the specific procedures used in that county. At a minimum, applicants must undergo a criminal background check, which requires fingerprinting and then processing by the GBI and the FBI.

A felony or domestic violence conviction will generally be disqualifying, as are certain other conditions. A mental health check may also be required.

Georgia does not have a training requirement to obtain a Weapons Carry License. The cost of applying for a license will be between $70 and $80, some or all of which must be paid in cash.

Georgia has a very active and effective gun rights organization, GeorgiaCarry.Org. I am an active member of GeorgiaCarry.Org.

The GeorgiaCarry website has detailed information on procedures for applying in each county. There is also a detailed chronology of Georgia carry laws and history of the past racist roots of gun control. GeorgiaCarry contributed information used in this article.


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John Gifaldi August 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM
hey bill, are there places where you can take a class on hand guns - safety, usage, etc. Would like to learn more.
Bill Stanley August 22, 2011 at 09:45 PM
John - yes there are places you can take a class to learn about handgun safety, usage, etc. I took my first class from Wild West Traders on Austell Rd. and I do recommend it. Most ranges offer some sort of begining gun class.


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