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    Gun Laws for Georgia

    what are some websites for Ga Gun laws, and where you can and cannot carry.
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    I don't like referring to other sites for gun laws since I prefer going to State's website, but I wasn't able to find it on GA's site.... Here is another one though, but there is no guarantee it's kept up to date.
    Weapons Related Georgia Code on GeorgiaPacking.org

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    Jrod012889, You need to join GeorgiaCarry.org. There are actually 2 bills that just passed the state Senate that are waiting on House approval that will make the carry laws here in Georgia much better. GeorgiaPacking.org does a good job keeping their site updated. They alse keep track of the progress of various gun bills in the state legislature.

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    Try this ,GA gun law in plain english.
    The situation will NEVER BE THE WAY YOU WANT, it WILL BE THE WAY IT IS. You must be FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO ADAPT and just "DEAL WITH IT".

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    georgiapacking.org said you cant carry in a place of worship, i thought they passed a law saying you could as long as you have permission. is that right?
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    I believe they are still working on more changes. One does address the church carry issue.
    The situation will NEVER BE THE WAY YOU WANT, it WILL BE THE WAY IT IS. You must be FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO ADAPT and just "DEAL WITH IT".

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    Georgiapacking.org IT is the site for finding out info easily. It lists the full laws, and works hard to keep Georgians informed. Also look into GDPO, not a member yet but I think its work it.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkruf View Post
    this site answered some of my quiestions thanks
    "When you have to shoot, Shoot! Don't talk."

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    i guess what im wanting to know if i see somebody at walmart threatening somebody do i have the right to draw and stop it or will i get in trouble?
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    Straight to the source:
    LexisNexis® Custom Solution: Georgia Code Research Tool

    Carrying and Posessing Firearms:
    Title 16, Chapter 11, Article 4, Part 3



    Use of Force:
    O.C.G.A. 16-3-21 through 24.2

    GEORGIA CODE
    Copyright 2011 by The State of Georgia
    All rights reserved.

    *** Current Through the 2010 Regular Session ***
    *** Annotations Current Through October 29, 2010 ***

    TITLE 16. CRIMES AND OFFENSES
    CHAPTER 3. DEFENSES TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS
    ARTICLE 2. JUSTIFICATION AND EXCUSE

    O.C.G.A. 16-3-21 through 24.2 (2011)

    16-3-21. Use of force in defense of self or others; evidence of belief that force was necessary in murder or manslaughter prosecution


    (a) A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other's imminent use of unlawful force; however, except as provided in Code Section 16-3-23, a person is justified in using force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

    (b) A person is not justified in using force under the circumstances specified in subsection (a) of this Code section if he:

    (1) Initially provokes the use of force against himself with the intent to use such force as an excuse to inflict bodily harm upon the assailant;

    (2) Is attempting to commit, committing, or fleeing after the commission or attempted commission of a felony; or

    (3) Was the aggressor or was engaged in a combat by agreement unless he withdraws from the encounter and effectively communicates to such other person his intent to do so and the other, notwithstanding, continues or threatens to continue the use of unlawful force.

    (c) Any rule, regulation, or policy of any agency of the state or any ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, or policy of any county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state which is in conflict with this Code section shall be null, void, and of no force and effect.

    (d) In a prosecution for murder or manslaughter, if a defendant raises as a defense a justification provided by subsection (a) of this Code section, the defendant, in order to establish the defendant's reasonable belief that the use of force or deadly force was immediately necessary, may be permitted to offer:

    (1) Relevant evidence that the defendant had been the victim of acts of family violence or child abuse committed by the deceased, as such acts are described in Code Sections 19-13-1 and 19-15-1, respectively; and

    (2) Relevant expert testimony regarding the condition of the mind of the defendant at the time of the offense, including those relevant facts and circumstances relating to the family violence or child abuse that are the bases of the expert's opinion.


    16-3-23.1. No duty to retreat prior to use of force in self-defense


    A person who uses threats or force in accordance with Code Section 16-3-21, relating to the use of force in defense of self or others, Code Section 16-3-23, relating to the use of force in defense of a habitation, or Code Section 16-3-24, relating to the use of force in defense of property other than a habitation, has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and use force as provided in said Code sections, including deadly force.


    16-3-24.2. Immunity from prosecution; exception


    A person who uses threats or force in accordance with Code Section 16-3-21, 16-3-23, 16-3-23.1, or 16-3-24 shall be immune from criminal prosecution therefor unless in the use of deadly force, such person utilizes a weapon the carrying or possession of which is unlawful by such person under Part 2 or 3 of Article 4 of Chapter 11 of this title.

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    I guess this pretty much sums it up right?

    Deadly Force

    There are 3 code sections that govern when lethal or deadly force may lawfully be used.

    Defense from a forcible felony; A person is justified in using threats or force to the degree they reasonably believe it is necessary to stop another person's imminent use of unlawful force. A person is justified in using deadly force which may harm or kill only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony (unless it is regarding defense of habitation, which has it's own requirements below). You are not justified if you were the aggressor or you are/were/on-the-way-to committing a felony. (The state has pre-empted local cities and counties from further restricting this defense.)(16-3-21)

    Defense of habitation; (here habitation means dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business) A person is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if:

    1. A person is breaking\has broken into your home in a violent and tumultuous manner, and you think that the intruder is going to assault you or someone else living there.
    2. A person who is not a member of the family or household and who unlawfully and forcibly enters the residence and you know it is an unlawful entry.
    3. The person using such force reasonably believes that the entry is made or attempted for the purpose of committing a felony therein and that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of the felony.

    (16-3-23)

    Defense of property other than habitation; Lethal force cannot be used to protect real property unless the person using such force reasonably believes that it is necessary to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.(16-3-24)

    (Stand Your Ground/Shoot First/License To Murder - went into effect July 1st, 2006) If you have determined you need to use lethal force (as stated in one of the underlined "Defense" sections immediately above) you do not have to try to retreat before using that force. If your defense is valid, you are immune from criminal prosecution (unless it is illegal to carry that weapon where you used it) and civil liability actions.(16-3-23.1, 16-3-24.2, 51-11-9)


    Miscellaneous

    Here are some various other laws that pertain to firearms. It is unlawful to point a firearm, loaded or not, at another person not necessary in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 50 yards of a public road, unless in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm on some else's land without permission of the landowner. (16-11-102, 16-11-103, 16-11-104)


    Local Laws

    While state law has preemption over most firearm laws and some knife laws, this does not mean that there are no local firearm and knife ordinances. Many cities and a growing number of the metro counties have a complete ban on the discharge of firearms (except in self-defense). Other cities and counties have a ban on discharging a firearm within a certain distance from a road or a neighbor's house or land owned by the city/county. Check Municode.com to see if your local ordinances are online. Also please be aware that knives are often regulated by locals so be careful with carrying a knife (knives with a blade 5 inches or longer and designed for offense and defense are preempted by state law).
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