Concealed carry/carrying a concealed weapon is the act of carrying a weapon in a public while hidden from public view. The weapon (pistol, knife, stun gun, etc.) may either be carried directly on the person (pocket, holster under the shirt) or in a bag or container controlled by the carrier (purse, briefcase, backpack). Different states in the United States have different regulations when it comes to carrying of weapons, either concealed or openly.
Weapons Carry License
Most states issue licenses to carry weapons to qualified applicants on a “shall-issue” basis: so long as the license applicant is not prohibited by law (state or federal) from possessing a firearm, a Weapons Carry License must be issued. Georgia is just such a state. A minority of states rely on issuing authorities to issue licenses (called “may-issue” states), while eleven states allow concealed carry of weapons without any permit from authorities (these are “constitutional carry” states). Twenty states require a permit to carry weapons; twenty-six states allow open carrying of weapons without a permit; and four states, including Washington D.C, expressly prohibit the open carrying of weapons.
Where Can I Carry?
In Georgia, an individual in possession of a Weapons Carry License may legally carry a handgun openly or concealed in any place where it is not illegal for them to possess a handgun under state or federal law. Sounds simple enough, right? The places both permitted and prohibited under Georgia law can be found in O.C.G.A. § 16-11-126 and § 16-11-127, among other scattered laws and regulations. In addition, because a Weapons Carry License is issued by the State of Georgia and not the federal government, a Weapons Carry License holder may not legally carry a handgun onto federal property unless specifically authorized by law.
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