I know there has been discussion about the gap between the definition of a "handgun" and a "long gun", but I haven't seen a discussion on carrying a SBR with a barrel shorter than 12 inches. Technically, it's a rifle and is registered as one. I think, for most of us, "long gun" = "rifle" and the law states that:
So, at first glance, it seems that one could carry a SBR without a license. However, GA law says its a "handgun":(b) Any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun or long gun may have or carry on his or her person a long gun without a valid weapons carry license, provided that if the long gun is loaded, it shall only be carried in an open and fully exposed manner.
Notice it doesn't have the "designed to be fired from one hand" language in it. 16-11-125.1 goes on to define "weapon":(16-11-125.1)
(1) "Handgun" means a firearm of any description, loaded or unloaded, from which any shot, bullet, or other missile can be discharged by an action of an explosive where the length of the barrel, not including any revolving, detachable, or magazine breech, does not exceed 12 inches; provided, however, that the term "handgun" shall not include a gun which discharges a single shot of .46 centimeters or less in diameter.
Then 16-11-126 says:(5) "Weapon" means a knife or handgun.
So after looking at it a bit, it seems that you CAN'T carry a SBR without a license. (unless the barrel is longer than 12 inches). I can see how this would be confusing for others, who don't sit around debating this kind of thing.(h)(1)No person shall carry a weapon without a valid weapons carry license unless he or she meets one of the exceptions to having such license as provided in
subsections (a) through (g) of this Code section.
(2) A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon without a license when he or she violates the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection.