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  Places Off-Limits  

There are 3 code sections for the state of Georgia that detail the places off limits for a person with a Georgia Weapons Carry License. The places off limits, unless otherwise listed, does not include the parking lot (as long as the weapon stays in the vehicle). This does not mean that everywhere else is ok, there are federal laws that also come into play. Some Federal laws may not be listed.

Carrying Weapons in an Unauthorized Location. Georgia Code 16-11-127

Certain exceptions may apply.  See subsection (d) of Georgia Code 16-11-127. Also note that the Weapons License is for carry of a handgun or knife designed for the purpose of offense and defense consisting of a blade that is greater than five inches in length which is fastened to a handle.
In a government building
"Government building" means:
(A) The building in which a government entity is housed;
(B) The building where a government entity meets in its official capacity; provided, however, that if such building is not a publicly owned building, such building shall be considered a government building for the purposes of this Code section only during the time such government entity is meeting at such building; or
(C) The portion of any building that is not a publicly owned building that is occupied by a government entity.
"Government entity" means an office, agency, authority, department, commission, board, body, division, instrumentality, or institution of the state or any county, municipal corporation, consolidated government, or local board of education within this state.
A license holder shall be authorized to carry a weapon in a government building when the government building is open for business and where ingress into such building is not restricted or screened by security personnel. A license holder who enters or attempts to enter a government building carrying a weapon where ingress is restricted or screened by security personnel shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if at least one member of such security personnel is certified as a peace officer pursuant to Chapter 8 of Title 35; provided, however, that a license holder who immediately exits such building or immediately leaves such location upon notification of his or her failure to clear security due to the carrying of a weapon shall not be guilty of violating this subsection or paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of this Code section. A person who is not a license holder and who attempts to enter a government building carrying a weapon shall be guilty of a misdemeanor..
 
In a courthouse
"Courthouse" means a building occupied by judicial courts and containing rooms in which judicial proceedings are held
 
In a jail or prison
 
In a place of worship unless the governing body or authority of the place of worship permits the carrying of weapons or long guns by license holders
 
In a state mental health facility as defined in Code Section 37-1-1 which admits individuals on an involuntary basis for treatment of mental illness, developmental disability, or addictive disease; provided, however, that carrying a weapon or long gun in such location in a manner in compliance with paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of this Code section shall not constitute a violation of this subsection;
 
On the premises of a nuclear power facility, except as provided in Code Section 16-11-127.2, and the punishment provisions of Code Section 16-11-127.2 shall supersede the punishment provisions of this Code section;
 
Within 150 feet of any polling place when elections are being conducted and such polling place is being used as a polling place as provided for in paragraph (27) of Code Section 21-2-2, except as provided in subsection (i) of Code Section 21-2-413.

 

School Safety Zone Georgia Code 16-11-127.1

"School safety zone" means in or on any real property or building owned by or leased to:
(A) Any public or private elementary school, secondary school, or local board of education and used for elementary or secondary education; and
(B) Any public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of postsecondary education.
A person who is licensed in accordance with Code Section 16-11-129 or issued a permit pursuant to Code Section 43-38-10, when such person carries or picks up a student within a school safety zone, at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school or a person who is licensed in accordance with Code Section 16-11-129 or issued a permit pursuant to Code Section 43-38-10 when he or she has any weapon legally kept within a vehicle when such vehicle is parked within a school safety zone or is in transit through a designated school safety zone
A weapon possessed by a license holder which is under the possessor's control in a motor vehicle or which is in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle or one which is in a locked container in or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle which is being used by an adult over 21 years of age to bring to or pick up a student within a school safety zone, at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by a school, or when such vehicle is used to transport someone to an activity being conducted within a school safety zone which has been authorized by a duly authorized official or local board of education as provided by paragraph (6) of this subsection; provided, however, that this exception shall not apply to a student attending a public or private elementary or secondary school;
Note: This is the version as printed in the OCGA. There is a dispute as to whether this is the correct interpretation of the 2 bills passed in 2014, HB60 and HB826. The version above is the version least likely to get you into trouble but it may not be the true law.

 

Nuclear Power Facility Georgia Code 16-11-127.2

Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry, possess, or have under such person's control while on the premises of a nuclear power facility a firearm or weapon. Any person who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Any person who violates subsection (a) of this Code section with the intent to do bodily harm on the premises of a nuclear power facility shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000, by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than 20 years, or both.
This Code section shall not apply to a security officer authorized to carry dangerous weapons pursuant to Code Section 16-11-124 who is acting in connection with his or her official duties on the premises of a federally licensed nuclear power facility; nor shall this Code section apply to persons designated in paragraph (3), (4), (5), or (9) of subsection (c) of Code Section 16-11-127.1.

 

Army Corps of Engineers Federal Regulation 36 CFR 327.13 (List of Georgia lakes managed by the Corps of Engineers)

(a) The possession of loaded firearms, ammunition, loaded projectile firing devices, bows and arrows, crossbows, or other weapons is prohibited unless:
(1) In the possession of a Federal, state or local law enforcement officer;
(2) Being used for hunting or fishing as permitted under 327.8, with devices being unloaded when transported to, from or between hunting and fishing sites;
(3) Being used at authorized shooting ranges; or
(4) Written permission has been received from the District Commander.
(b) Possession of explosives or explosive devices of any kind, including fireworks or other pyrotechnics, is prohibited unless written permission has been received from the District Commander.

 

No Signage Laws

A "No Firearms" sign on a private business in most cases is advisory. You must be asked to leave and failure to leave when told to do so would be trespassing. It is also possible that another form of trespassing may apply if you are given notice to depart. In general a gun buster sign is not notice to depart, however there may be certain situations or signs which could apply.

However, some legitimate places that are off limits by law (such as those listed above) may have signs posted to inform you they are off-limits. You will lose your permit for several years if caught and convicted.

So, just because you see a sign does not mean it is or isn't off-limits and just because you don't see a sign does not mean it is or isn't off-limits.

 

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