Georgia is just one of many states that has recently become embroiled in the battle for gun safety and consumer gun possession rights. Like so many states, Georgia has specific guidelines in place for the purchase, possession, and use of guns and other weapons. It is important that any Georgia resident considering owning or operating a firearm be aware of current laws and proposed changes in the near future.
At Abt Law Firm, LLC, we understand how frustrating it is being harassed for owning or operating a firearm, when the U.S. Constitution is clear in the right to bear arms. Our Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney is ready to fight for the rights of any Georgia resident charged with a weapons violation due to purchasing or owning a gun. Read on for our recommendations for how to stay safe and within the law when purchasing, owning, or operating a firearm:
Misdemeanor charges can result from the purchase, possession, or use of a firearm, in several ways. The most common examples include:
- Hunting – Individuals who do not have a valid, current hunting license can be charged with a misdemeanor offense for carrying a weapon on someone else’s property
- Aim – Anyone who aims a firearm at another person, even if the weapon is not loaded, is subject to a misdemeanor charge
- Fire – Anyone who discharges a firearm within 50-yards of a public street or highway is subject to a misdemeanor charge
- Carrying – Anyone carrying a concealed weapon into a government building, nuclear power facility, place of worship, healthcare facility, or polling location is subject to a misdemeanor charge
- Discharge – Anyone discharging a firearm on public or private property, or while intoxicated, is subject to a misdemeanor charge
In addition to the misdemeanor charges, individuals operating a firearm illegally may find themselves subject to felony charges. For example:
- Minors – Anyone providing a firearm to minors is subject to a felony charge punishable by up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000
- Solicitation – Anyone soliciting a dealer to provide a firearm to someone else is subject to a felony charge
- Carrying – Anyone intentionally altering or editing document concerning carrying a firearm may be subject to a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison
Commonly Asked Questions
There are a few commonly asked questions in regards to gun laws, including:
Q: When is it legal for a minor to carry a gun?
A: The only times that it is legal for a minor to carry a gun is when he or she is in a hunting safety/education program, a shooting range, or competitions for educational and vocational purposes. Additionally, minors are able to apply for a hunting license with the express permission of his or her parent or guardian, which allows them to carry a firearm on the parent or guardian’s property.
Q: Does my employer have the right to search my vehicle for a firearm?
A: Employers cannot legally search your vehicle so long as you hold a valid license to carry a weapon. If the vehicle belongs to someone else, or your employer, then you may be subject to employer searchers.
Get Help with Any Gun Law Question
Because there are numerous elements to Georgia’s gun laws, it is crucial that anyone with questions, comments, or concerns, seek the aid of an attorney who is experienced in gun-related matters. At Abt Law Firm, LLC, our experienced Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney is dedicated to protecting the rights of anyone who is accused of committing a gun-related crime. The complexities to Georgia’s gun laws are many, and it is always best to get the legal guidance that will make a difference. To keep your record clear, contact our office today at 1-800-NOJAIL-9 (1-800-665-2459).