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This may have been answered before, I'm not sure.

I have been told that it is legal to conceal your firearm if you have the GFL. I have also been told that I need a different type of permit to conceal, not just a GFL.

Can someone help me out and let me know what is right and what isn't?

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There is only one thing, a GFL. The GFL allows you to carry open or concealed. Basically, anywhere you can conceal, you can open carry. Anybody should correct me if I'm wrong or what have you.
 

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For the longest time I thought the GFL was only allowed concealment.

It wasn't till reading some of the info here that I realized that it ALSO allowed for open carry as well.

Hope that clears it up.
 

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Awesome! Yes it does, I have been checking in different parts of the GFL information listed on here and found out some pretty good stuff. Info that I had been misinformed about.
 

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Yea, there is good info here...Have you considered joining GCO? There's a link if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the site. :righton:
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the law actually states that GFL allows you to carry concealed, but if you want to carry open, you must have a GFL. While it probably doesn't matter, I think some of you have your causation wrong.
 

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budder said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the law actually states that GFL allows you to carry concealed, but if you want to carry open, you must have a GFL. While it probably doesn't matter, I think some of you have your causation wrong.
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What?
 

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I think he means there are two different charges, 16-11-126 and 128, and that a license is needed to avoid each criminal charge.

128 - must have a license to carry.

126 - may conceal with license.
 

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budder said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the law actually states that GFL allows you to carry concealed, but if you want to carry open, you must have a GFL. While it probably doesn't matter, I think some of you have your causation wrong.
Strictly speaking, the license code itself 16-11-129(a) says:
"... which license or renewal license shall authorize that person to carry any pistol or revolver in any county of this state..."

So the license itself says it is to "carry" a pistol. The license code does not restict it to open or concealed.

The wording difference is from what the 2 different laws are regarding, 126 is you must open carry any/all weapons (firearms, kives, baton, etc.), except the concealed carry of a pistol is allowed if you have a license.
128 is only about carry (on your person) of a pistol, which is not allowed unless you have a license.

If you open carry outside of your home, car or place of business WITHOUT a License, you can be charged with one crime, 16-11-128.

If you conceal carry (on your person) outside of your home or place of business WITHOUT a license, you can be charged with 2 crimes, 16-11-126 and 16-11-128.

When taking the 2 together, regarding carry of pistols/handguns, whether open or concealed carry, you must have a license. However when concealing, it may only be carried in a holster, clip, or similar device.
 

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GAGunOwner said:
Gunstar1 said:
budder said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the law actually states that GFL allows you to carry concealed, but if you want to carry open, you must have a GFL. While it probably doesn't matter, I think some of you have your causation wrong.
Strictly speaking, the license code itself 16-11-129(a) says:
"... which license or renewal license shall authorize that person to carry any pistol or revolver in any county of this state..."

So the license itself says it is to "carry" a pistol. The license code does not restict it to open or concealed.

The wording difference is from what the 2 different laws are regarding, 126 is you must open carry any/all weapons (firearms, kives, baton, etc.), except the concealed carry of a pistol is allowed if you have a license.
128 is only about carry (on your person) of a pistol, which is not allowed unless you have a license.

If you open carry outside of your home, car or place of business WITHOUT a License, you can be charged with one crime, 16-11-128.

If you conceal carry (on your person) outside of your home or place of business WITHOUT a license, you can be charged with 2 crimes, 16-11-126 and 16-11-128.

When taking the 2 together, regarding carry of pistols/handguns, whether open or concealed carry, you must have a license. However when concealing, it may only be carried in a holster, clip, or similar device.
What is an example of open carrying without a holster, etc.? Does this mean you could legally "Mexican carry" if you did it openly?
It could mean carry in the hand.
 

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GAGunOwner said:
Gunstar1 said:
budder said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the law actually states that GFL allows you to carry concealed, but if you want to carry open, you must have a GFL. While it probably doesn't matter, I think some of you have your causation wrong.
Strictly speaking, the license code itself 16-11-129(a) says:
"... which license or renewal license shall authorize that person to carry any pistol or revolver in any county of this state..."

So the license itself says it is to "carry" a pistol. The license code does not restict it to open or concealed.

The wording difference is from what the 2 different laws are regarding, 126 is you must open carry any/all weapons (firearms, kives, baton, etc.), except the concealed carry of a pistol is allowed if you have a license.
128 is only about carry (on your person) of a pistol, which is not allowed unless you have a license.

If you open carry outside of your home, car or place of business WITHOUT a License, you can be charged with one crime, 16-11-128.

If you conceal carry (on your person) outside of your home or place of business WITHOUT a license, you can be charged with 2 crimes, 16-11-126 and 16-11-128.

When taking the 2 together, regarding carry of pistols/handguns, whether open or concealed carry, you must have a license. However when concealing, it may only be carried in a holster, clip, or similar device.
What is an example of open carrying without a holster, etc.? Does this mean you could legally "Mexican carry" if you did it openly?
Goss v. State, 165 Ga. App. 488 (1983) A pistol carried in the pocket with the handle protruding is not concealed.
Courtesy of GPDO's own Caselaw section
 

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Man! You get the info quick! You may set the new world record for fastest forum response in Georgia.

Thank ya for the info, much appreciated :)

-GC-
 

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ptsmith24 said:
There is only one thing, a GFL. The GFL allows you to carry open or concealed. Basically, anywhere you can conceal, you can open carry.
That's what I thought as well.

But I can MUCH MORE EASILY see myself carrying concealed in the mall and exiting the place unscathed as opposed to OPEN CARRYING in the mall and only making it 20 feet before the Rent-A-Cops and the Off Duty's had me up against a wall - GFL or not.

Are there many of you that openly carry (where possible) during your normal daily activities?
 

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shamalama said:
ptsmith24 said:
There is only one thing, a GFL. The GFL allows you to carry open or concealed. Basically, anywhere you can conceal, you can open carry.
That's what I thought as well.

But I can MUCH MORE EASILY see myself carrying concealed in the mall and exiting the place unscathed as opposed to OPEN CARRYING in the mall and only making it 20 feet before the Rent-A-Cops and the Off Duty's had me up against a wall - GFL or not.

Are there many of you that openly carry (where possible) during your normal daily activities?
I'm pretty sure USMC-R and Ramm do.
 
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