Maximum caliber limit change?

Discussion in 'General GWL Questions' started by _45_, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. _45_

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    If I recall correctly last time I checked around 2012, GA law stated that you couldn't carry a hand gun in a caliber larger than .45. Has that changed? I can't find a reference to a limit anymore.
     
  2. Fallschirmjäger

    Fallschirmjäger I watch the watchers

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    There is no caliber limit; except the federal one which makes above .50 caliber a Destructive Device unless the mfg has a waiver.

    IIRC it was 43-38-10 and that only applied to armed security guards and it's been about a decade since it was pertinent.
     
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  3. GAfirearmsReference

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    I don't think you recall correctly.

    Perhaps at some point in the history of some county a particular county might've had a local ordinance saying such a ridiculous thing but since the mid-1990s all cities and counties in Georgia have been preempted and only the state legislature can make gun control laws .

    But then again, I've never heard of any county banning the carry of handguns larger than 45 caliber.

    Until about 10 years ago, there were not any such handguns were there? I mean modern smokeless powder cartridge-firing handguns .
     
  4. Fallschirmjäger

    Fallschirmjäger I watch the watchers

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    Found where it might have come from http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/nllxml...urlRedirected=yes&data=admin&lookingfor=509-4 by Department 509. GEORGIA BOARD OF PRIVATE DETECTIVE AND SECURITY AGENCIES

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    But again, as said above it doesn't apply to you or me.
     
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  5. _45_

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    Maybe, I was looking at armed security when I first got out of the Army in 2012 so that might have had something to do with it. Well glad to know now, thank you.
     
  6. Wegahe

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    The Desert Eagle .50AE has been around since 1993. That's about 24 years by my count.
     
  7. GAfirearmsReference

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    43-38-10. (a) The board [of Private Detective and Security Agencies]
    may grant a permit to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm... who meets the qualifications and training requirements ...as the board by rule may establish.

    The board shall have the authority to establish limits on type and caliber of such weapons by rule


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    I wonder how long the "no semi-autos greater than .45 caliber" rule has existed, and what the motivation behind it was. The way the Rule is worded, it is only a limit on the projectile and bore diameter, not kinetic energy or stopping power. Although the way this Rule sets two standards for revolvers and semi-autos, I think the INTENT was to ban calibers with greater energy than the .357 Magnum delivers from a revolver, and greater than what the .45 ACP delivers from a semi-auto.

    But their intent was not well-expressed in the rule, and thus a .45 Winchester Magnum would presumably be OK for a semi-auto, but not a .50 GI (much less power, barely more than half the 45 Mag's muzzle velocity with same bullet weights).

    In revolvers, a .357 Maximum is OK (158 gr. bullets at 2000 f.p.s.), but not a .44 special or .45 Long Colt (Colt Anaconda) or .45 ACP (S&W model 25).
     
  8. Alabama Jones

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    Welcome to the board, 45!
    and thank you for your service!