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Code Sections

  Table of Contents
  1-2-6
  10-1-100
  10-1-101
  12-3-9
  12-3-10
  12-3-10.1
  12-3-11
  15-9-60
  15-11-63
  16-1-3
  16-1-10
  16-3-1
  16-3-21
  16-3-23
  16-3-23.1
  16-3-24
  16-3-24.1
  16-3-24.2
  16-7-21
  16-9-70
  16-11-34.1
  16-11-101
  16-11-101.1
  16-11-102
  16-11-103
  16-11-104
  16-11-105
  16-11-106
  16-11-108
  16-11-109
  16-11-113
  16-11-120
  16-11-121
  16-11-122
  16-11-123
  16-11-124
  16-11-125
  16-11-125.1
  16-11-126
  16-11-127
  16-11-127.1
  16-11-127.2
  16-11-128
  16-11-129
  16-11-130
  16-11-131
  16-11-132
  16-11-133
  16-11-134
  16-11-135
  16-11-136
  16-11-150
  16-11-151
  16-11-152
  16-11-160
  16-11-161
  16-11-162
  16-11-171
  16-11-172
  16-11-173
  16-12-122
  16-12-123
  16-12-127
  16-12-128
  16-13-21
  16-13-25
  16-13-26
  16-13-27
  16-13-27.1
  16-13-28
  16-13-29
  17-5-50
  17-5-51
  17-5-52
  17-5-52.1
  17-5-53
  17-10-3
  21-2-413
  27-1-36
  27-1-38
  27-3-1.1
  27-3-6
  27-3-7
  27-4-11.1
  33-24-30.1
  38-2-194
  38-2-277
  38-2-301
  38-3-51
  41-1-9
  42-4-13
  42-5-15
  43-38-10
  50-18-70
  50-18-71
  50-18-72
  50-18-73
  50-18-74
  51-11-9

Weapons Related Georgia Code

Found In LexisNexis by searching for "17-5-51" or in the TOC under:
Title 17 - CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
Chapter 5 - SEARCHES AND SEIZURES
Article 3 - DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY SEIZED

The code sections are all Copyright 2012 by The State of Georgia


O.C.G.A. 17-5-51
Forfeiture of weapons used in commission of crime, possession of which constitutes crime or delinquent act, or illegal concealment generally; motor vehicles

(a) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, any device which is used as a weapon in the commission of any crime against any person or any attempt to commit any crime against any person, any weapon the possession or carrying of which constitutes a crime or delinquent act, and any weapon for which a person has been convicted of violating Code Section 16-11-126 are declared to be contraband and are forfeited. For the purposes of this article, a motor vehicle shall not be deemed to be a weapon or device and shall not be contraband or forfeited under this article; provided, however, that this exception shall not be construed to prohibit the seizure, condemnation, and sale of motor vehicles used in the illegal transportation of alcoholic beverages.

(b) As used in this Code section, the term:

   (1) "Firearm" shall have the same meaning as set forth in Code Section 16-11-171.

   (2) "Innocent owner" means a person who:

      (A) Did not beforehand know or in the exercise of ordinary care would not have known of the conduct which caused his or her firearm to be forfeited, seized, or abandoned to any law enforcement agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state, including the Department of Natural Resources;

      (B) Did not participate in the commission of a crime or delinquent act involving his or her firearm;

      (C) Legally owned and presently owns the firearm forfeited, seized, or abandoned; and

      (D) Is authorized by state and federal law to receive and possess his or her firearm.

(c) A firearm that is the property of an innocent owner shall be returned to such person when such firearm is no longer needed for evidentiary purposes.

(d) The costs of returning the firearm to the innocent owner shall be borne by the innocent owner. Such costs shall be limited to the actual costs of shipping and associated costs from any transfer and background check fees charged when delivering the firearm to the innocent owner.

(e) If six months elapse after notification to the innocent owner of the possession of the firearm by a political subdivision or state custodial agency and the innocent owner fails to bear the costs of return of his or her firearm or fails to respond to the political subdivision or state custodial agency, then the political subdivision or state custodial agency may follow the procedures under subsection (d) of Code Section 17-5-52.1.


HISTORY: Ga. L. 1967, p. 749, § 1; Ga. L. 1977, p. 1131, § 1; Ga. L. 1994, p. 963, § 1; Ga. L. 2010, p. 963, § 2-10/SB 308; Ga. L. 2012, p. 1285, § 2/SB 350.

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