Day Hike in North GA, open carry?
new here, wanted to get some info from you folks pertaining to a hike I plan to do with a girl friend in about 3 weeks or so.
We plan to go to Blue Ridge Mountains in Fannin County GA and do one of the trails on the A.T. for a day (probably a saturday morning), camp out there wherever we decide to camp, and then head back on Sunday afternoon. My issue is making sure we're withing our legal rights to carry. We will be carrying my husbands XD-45 pistol and his Mossberg 12 Gauge 500 Persuader pistol grip shotty. After researching most of the laws, it looks like Georgia only allows conceal carry with a state permit for the XD and I'm still unsure if it's ONLY open carry for the shotty (which would be difficult to conceal anyways if it was on either of our persons' lol)
My issue is that I don't really want to get my 70 dollar CC permit in Georgia... as I know I'm not going to be a resident here much longer than a year and a half, and where we're moving next doesn't have reciprocity with GA. Is it okay for me to OPEN carry without a permit, on any of the AT trails? I know a law was passed in 2010 which changed the carry laws in national/state parks, but I don't want to break the law. If necessary I will get the permit, because you won't catch me DEAD on any hike without personal protection. There's just too much left to chance, people and wild animals... and we are two lone females, which makes us look like an easy target straight from the get go, even though that's not the case... AT ALL. :comeandgetsome:
So any insight from you would be greatly appreciated, especially from those who have carried in this area. I'm going to call the rangers tomorrow to double check, but I'd love to know your thoughts. :D
Thanks in advance, looking forward to your responses!