In Georgia, gun crimes can carry serious penalties. As a result, it is important to be aware of the laws and their consequences. Read on to learn more.
Do I Need a Gun Permit in Georgia?
In Georgia, you do not need:
- a permit to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.
- to register a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.
- a license to own a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.
- a permit to carry a rifle or shotgun, but you do require a permit to carry a handgun. As long as you have a carry permit, you may carry a firearm on your property, in your motor vehicle, or at a place of business.
Who Cannot Possess a Gun In Georgia?
If you fall into the following categories, you cannot legally possess a gun:
- Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing, receiving, or transporting any type of firearm.
- Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from owning or using a handgun, unless under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian in certain circumstances.
Penalties for Gun Crimes
Below you will find some of the most common gun crimes committed in Georgia and their associated penalties:
- Carrying a weapon in public without a license: This is considered a misdemeanor, but if you are charged for a second or subsequent violation, you will most likely face felony charges.
- Carrying a weapon on school property: The severity of your penalties will depend upon whether you have a license. If you have a license to carry, you may only receive a misdemeanor, but if you do not have a license to carry, you will likely face felony charges.
- Possessing a firearm as a felon: If you are already a convicted felon and you are caught in possession of a firearm, you will face a felony charge.
- Possession of a handgun while under the age of 18: If you are a minor under the age of 18 and you are caught in possession of a handgun, you will most likely face misdemeanor charges. But, your charges may increase depending on your record. For example, if this is your second offense, you may face felony charges.
- Possession of prohibited weapons: If you are caught in possession of a prohibited weapon, such as a machine gun or a sawed-off shotgun, you will most likely face felony charges and a potential five-year prison sentence.
If you are facing charges for a gun crime in Georgia, it is important to reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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