Once attendees of our firearm training successfully complete their programs, many have questions regarding the next step of ownership: carrying the firearm concealed. We have included this page in our Firearm Courses section as a courtesy to answer basic questions and make the application process as simple as possible. Although the laws remain consistent throughout the State of Georgia, minor process differences may exist from county to county. As Phase2 Advantage is based in Savannah, Georgia (Chatham County), the processes that are listed will be specific to our county.
Is a Georgia Weapons Carry License worth the effort?
On April 12, 2022, Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp signed the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act (SB 319) and a firearm license reciprocity measure with several other states (HB 218) into law. From the date of its signing, the law no longer requires residents of Georgia who legally own firearms to file for a separate license to carry their weapons concealed. Based on this law to bypass the licensure requirement for Georgia residents, is it still worth the time, money, and effort to secure a Georgia Weapons Carry License. The firearm instructors at Phase2 Advantage advise their students that the answer to this question is “yes,” for many reasons. above and beyond those offered by the Chatham County Georgia Probate Court.
- Confirmation that you ARE a “Lawful Weapons Carrier.” This is especially important during routine matters such as traffic stops by law enforcement agencies. A “lawful weapon carrier” (O.C.G.A. § 16-11-125.1) means any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a weapon or long gun. It’s in your benefit when law enforcement approaches your vehicle and learns you’re one of the “good citizens.”
- Purchasing Firearms from a Licensed Dealer. In many cases, license holders can use their licenses in lieu of lengthy background checks (O.C.G.A. §16-11-172).
- Reciprocity for Travel. In our opinion, one of the most important reasons to possess the license. Georgia has “reciprocity” (mutual carry agreements) with 32 states. If you’re a holder of a license in Georgia you can legally carry concealed in that state as well. In our line of work, such as Protective Service consulting, this would prevent the consultant from being selected as a candidate for the assignment. That does not bode well for employment opportunities.
A much wider range of employment opportunities
Although not directly addressed in government websites, this is a tangible consideration for those considering a career in high risk professions. If I am tasked to supervise a Protective Service Team I know will be operating in three states – Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida for example – and I know those assigned must be armed in all three states – I know a Georgia Weapons Carry License will make it legal for that team member to do so.
Without the license, Georgia will not pose an issue, but the team member will be in violation of the law if found to be carrying concealed in those states not authorized by a reciprocity clause. Knowing this in advance, who would I select for the assignment? The member who I know will be authorized to operate in the states in which they are needed, or those who can operate in only one state, leaving me to compensate and contingency plan for that deficiency?
The answer is clear: the candidate with the most capability is the one who will be selected for the position. The job candidate with the restrictions will not be able to serve on the team.
The process to file for the license is streamlined and efficient.
Those who legally own firearms in the State of Georgia can follow this simple and inexpensive process to secure their Georgia Weapons Carry License. This is important when considering many of the courses we teach – and the techniques which make them effective – begin the exercise by drawing from a concealed position.
- Initiate the online license through Georgia Probate Records.
- Once the basic information has been provided, use the online portal to schedule a physical appointment with the staff of the Chatham County Probate Court. NOTE: Probate Court does not accept personal checks. You will need to pay with a credit or debit card or have a money order or cashier’s check in the exact amount when you complete the process at Probate Court.
- The fee to apply for the license is $86.25. This fee includes license application fee, fingerprinting, background search and printing of license and mailing.
To avoid mishaps, misunderstandings or delay the time it takes to process your Georgia Weapons Carry License, please ensure you meet the basic requirements for application.
- To apply for a firearms license in Probate court, you must be 21 years of age or older and be a resident of Chatham County, GA.
- All applicants must appear in person complete an application in the Probate Court which is located in Room 509 of the Chatham County Courthouse at 133 Montgomery Street, Savannah, Georgia.
- You MUST bring to the Probate Court with you a valid state (Georgia) government-issued ID (driver’s license or photo identification card) which shows your correct name and your current Chatham County address.
- Denials. If the permit is denied, there is no refund.
- Length of Time. You may be told the application process may take up to 12 weeks; this is possible if extraordinary circumstances exist. However, it has been our experience – and all instructors at Phase2 Advantage carry a Weapons Carry License – the average time to receive the license via mail is two weeks.
STATES WHICH RCOGNIZE A GEORGIA WEAPONS CARRY LICENSE
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