• Allen Austin

How to apply for a Georgia Concealed Carry License

Updated: May 22, 2021

If you're a gun person, Georgia is a good place to be. While it's not a Constitutional Carry state, meaning there is no permit required, it is a Shall Issue state. This means that as long as an applicant passes the basic requirements set out by state law, the authorities are compelled to issue a Weapons Carry License (WLC). There is no firearms training required to obtain a WCL, however, I recommend taking one. It's your responsibility to know the laws and understand the consequences of carrying and/or drawing your weapon. Georgia also allows Open Carry, which means you can strap that baby right to your side. I, however, don't recommend doing that. And it's why Georgia issues a WCL and not a CCW (Carrying Concealed Weapon).

The application is filed, in person, at your county probate court. Fees vary by county but generally costs about $75. A WCL is good for 5 years.

To apply for a WCL in Georgia, you must:

  • Be 21 years old (18 for members of the military)

  • Be a resident of the county in which you file

  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful alien

  • Not have been convicted of a felony

  • Not have been under restraint or supervision resulting from a conviction for carrying a weapon without a WLC

  • Not have been convicted of an offense arising out of the unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance or dangerous drug

  • Not have been hospitalized as an inpatient in a mental hospital or alcohol or drug treatment center for the 5 years preceding the application

  • Not be a fugitive

  • Not have had a WLC revoked

  • Meet Federal law requirements

If you meet the criteria listed above and in order to submit your application, you will need:

  • Completed application

  • Copy of birth certificate or U.S. passport and

  • Drivers License or State ID card

You may have heard the term Castle Doctrine or "stand your ground" statute. This means there is no duty to retreat in defense of a forcible felony, such as rape, armed robbery, or kidnapping. Yes; Georgia is a Castle Doctrine state.

No license is needed to carry a handgun in your home, vehicle, or place of business, while hunting or fishing, or unloaded in a case.

And there you have it. A WCL is not a 007 James Bond license to kill; it is simply a license to carry something that would otherwise be prohibited. In reality, a person with a CCW or WCL, will probably be scrutinized more than someone without in the event of a violent encounter.

There are 32 other states that honor a Georgia WCL and allow you to carry in that state. This is known as reciprocity. Click here for a Georgia reciprocity map and other Georgia gun laws.

Stay safe and train often



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