The unlawful possession of a firearm is a common crime that is usually committed in addition to at least one other crime. In Georgia, certain types of firearms are illegal. If you’re caught with one of these firearms in your possession, you can be charged with the separate crime of unlawful possession of a firearm. Additionally, it is illegal for a convicted felon or probationer to possess any type of firearm. It is also illegal in Georgia to carry a concealed weapon without the proper permit.
What are the rules regarding firearm possession in Georgia
Under Georgia law, sawed-off shotguns, sawed-off rifles, machine guns and silencers are illegal. That means that if you’re caught with one of these weapons in your possession, you can be charged with a crime. The unlawful possession of a firearm or other weapon carries an automatic five years in prison.
It is illegal to carry a loaded, concealed weapon without a proper permit unless you are in your house or car or you are hunting. A first offense for carrying a weapon without a proper permit is a misdemeanor. However, a second offense within a five-year period is a felony that is punishable by two to five years in prison.
Is it illegal for a convicted felon or first-offender probationer to possess a firearm?
Yes. It is illegal for a convicted felon or anyone serving a first-offender probation sentence to possess a firearm. A first offense is a felony that is punishable by one to five years in prison.
Is it illegal to possess a gun if you’re under the age of 18?
Yes. Under Georgia law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess a handgun or be in control of a handgun. A first offense is a misdemeanor that carries a punishment of a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to twelve months in jail. A second or subsequent offense is a felony that carries a punishment of a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to three years in prison.
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