A FEW IMPORTANT NOTICES TO ALL FIREARMS LICENSE APPLICANTS CONCERNING CERTAIN STATE LAWS
GA. CODE SECTION §16-10-71. FALSE SWEARING
A person to whom a lawful oath or
affirmation has been administered or who executes a document knowing
that it purports to be an acknowledgment of a lawful oath or
affirmation commits the offense of false swearing when, in any matter or
thing other than a judicial proceeding, he knowingly and willfully
makes a false statement.
A person convicted of the offense of
false swearing shall be punished by a fine of not more than $l,000.00
or by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or
GA. CODE SECTION §16-11-126. CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON.
A person commits the offense of carrying a concealed weapon when such person knowingly has or carries on his or her person, unless in an open manner and fully exposed to view, any bludgeon, metal knuckles, firearm, knife designed for the purpose of offense and defense, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character outside of his or her home or place of business, except as permitted under this Code section.
Upon conviction of the offense of carrying a concealed weapon, a person shall be punished as follows:
For the first offense, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; and
For the second offense, and for any subsequent offense, he or she shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned for not less than one year and not more than five years.
This code section shall not permit, outside of his or her home, motor vehicle, or place of business, the concealed carrying of a pistol, revolver, or concealable firearms by any person unless that person has on his or her person a valid license issued under Code Section §16-11-129 and the pistol, revolver, or firearm may only be carried in a shoulder holster, waist belt holster, any other holster, hip-grip, or any other similar device, in which event the weapon may be concealed by the person's clothing, or a handbag, purse, attache case, briefcase, or other closed container. Carrying on the person in a concealed manner other than as provided in this subsection shall not be permitted and shall be a violation of this Code section.
This Code section shall not forbid the transportation of any firearm by a person who is not among those enumerated as ineligible for a license under Code Section l6-11-129, provided the firearm is enclosed in a case, unloaded, and separated from its ammunition. This code section shall not forbid any person who is not among those enumerated as ineligible for a license under Code Section l6-11-129 from transporting a loaded firearm in any private passenger motor vehicle in an open manner and fully exposed to view or in the glove compartment of the vehicle; provide, however, that any person in possession of a valid permit issued pursuant to Code Section l6-ll-129 may carry a handgun in any location in a motor vehicle.
On and after October l, l996, a person licensed to carry a handgun in any state whose laws recognize and give effect within such state to a license issued pursuant to this part shall be authorized to carry a handgun in this state, but only while the licensee is not a resident of this state; provided, however, that such license holder shall carry the handgun in compliance with the laws of this state.
GA. CODE SECTION §16-11-127. CARRYING DEADLY WEAPONS TO OR AT PUBLIC GATHERINGS.
Except as provided in Code Section l6-ll-127.l, a person is guilty of a misdemeanor when he carries to or while at a public gathering any explosive compound, firearm, or knife designed for the purpose of offense and defense.
For the purpose of this Code section, "public gathering" shall include, but shall not be limited to, athletic or sporting events, churches, or church functions, political rallies or functions, publicly owned or operated buildings, or establishments at which alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises.
This Code section shall not apply to competitors participating in organized sport shooting events. Law enforcement officers, peace officers retired from state or federal law enforcement agencies, judges, magistrates, solicitors-general, and district attorneys may carry pistols in publicly owned or operated buildings.
GA. CODE SECTION §16-11-131. FELONY CONVICTION
Any person who has been convicted of
a felony by a court of this state or any other state; by a court of
the United States including its territories, possessions, and
dominions; or by a court of any foreign nation and who received,
possesses, or transports any firearm commits a felony and, upon
conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned for not less than one nor more
than five years.
No firearms license can be issued to
any person who has been convicted of a felony even if he has been
free of supervision for the time period required on the firearms
license form. The only exception to the law relate to persons who have
been pardoned for the previous felony or granted relief from previous
violation of certain federal laws relating to firearms.
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