Eligibility Requirements for a Weapons Carry License in Georgia

The eligibility requirements for a weapons carry license in Georgia are stringent, especially if you have been convicted of a crime. Before you apply for a license, be sure you know who is eligible and if you fit into any of the categories of the law.

Under Georgia law, the probate judge is the governing body responsible for issuing a weapons carry license. He or she is not allowed to issue a license in violation of the federal laws, even if the applicant meets the requirements under the laws of Georgia.

Anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense will not be issued a weapons carry offense in the state of Georgia. Anyone who is the subject of pending court orders is also ineligible to receive a weapons carry license in the state.

If you have renounced your citizenship in the United States, you will not be able to obtain a weapons carry license in Georgia. This also goes for immigrants who are unlawfully or illegally in the United States.

Any person who has been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces, or has been dismissed by a general court-martial, is also ineligible for a weapons carry license in Georgia.

Any person committed to a mental institution, or has been determined by a court or other lawful governing body to be mentally ill, will not be eligible to obtain a weapons carry license.

Any person found to be an addict or user of a controlled substance that has not been prescribed by a physician, will not be eligible for a weapons carry license in Georgia.

Subjects of an indictment, either at the state or federal level, will be ineligible for a weapons carry license. Anyone convicted of a felony is immediately ineligible for a license to carry a weapon in Georgia.

An attorney can help you learn more about your gun rights case and the next steps to take when submitting an application in Georgia.