Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated December 9, 2013
In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Georgia ranked 29th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.
In 2013, Georgia did not enact any new laws regarding to firearms.
Last updated November 29, 2011
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 2010, Georgia had the 17th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Georgia had the 10th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states–meaning that crime guns sold originally in Georgia were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 10th highest rate among the states.
Georgia Firearms Laws
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