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I would like to go to one of the local indoor ranges to shoot my new pistol. However, I am still waiting for my GFL to come in the mail. So what are the laws on transporting a pistol to the range. Surely I don't have to wait for my GFL do I? What, do I have to have it in a locked case, unloaded, and the ammo seperate of the case? What what what? :D
 

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NRAILA said:
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION

CARRY
It is unlawful to carry a handgun or concealable firearm,
openly or concealed, on or about one’s person without a license to
carry.

Exceptions: No license is required:
1. To carry a firearm, openly or concealed, in one’s home or
place of business.

2. To transport a firearm, unloaded, enclosed in a case and
separated from ammunition, provided the possessor is not
ineligible to obtain a license to carry.

3. To transport a loaded firearm in a private motor vehicle,
provided it is carried in an open manner fully exposed to view,
or is in the vehicle’s glove compartment, console, or similar
compartment.


4. To carry a firearm while hunting or fishing or sport shooting,
provided the person so carrying has any necessary hunting or
fishing license, and has written permission from the owner of the
land on which the activity is being conducted, and provided any
handgun is carried in an open and fully exposed manner.
This was taken from http://www.nraila.org/GunLaws/#?st=GA

I believe as long as you are not a felon, or ineligible to obtain a GFL, you may transport a loaded pistol in the glove compartment, or similar console of your vehicle. I believe it has to have a locking lid.

If you are one of those worrysome types, the safest bet would be to carry the weapon unloaded, with breach locked back, in plain view, out of reach in your vehicle.

Your walk from the car to the range would apply to number 4. Keep the firearm in its case, unloaded, breach locked back, and separated from its ammunition in plain view. I believe you would have the permission of the owner of the range to be carrying the pistol on the parking lot property, so you should be good to go.

However, I am not a lawyer read at your own risk!
 

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Gunstar1 said:
You know that "Gun Laws" button at the top of every page had the answer too.
GPO Yellow Gun Law Link said:
O.C.G.A. § 16-11-126
Carrying a concealed weapon

(a) A person commits the offense of carrying a concealed weapon when such person knowingly has or carries about his or her person, unless in an open manner and fully exposed to view, any bludgeon, metal knuckles, firearm, knife designed for the purpose of offense and defense, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character outside of his or her home or place of business, except as permitted under this Code section.

(b) Upon conviction of the offense of carrying a concealed weapon, a person shall be punished as follows:

(1) For the first offense, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; and

(2) For the second offense, and for any subsequent offense, he or she shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned for not less than two years and not more than five years.

(c) This Code section shall not permit, outside of his or her home, motor vehicle, or place of business, the concealed carrying of a pistol, revolver, or concealable firearm by any person unless that person has on his or her person a valid license issued under Code Section 16-11-129 and the pistol, revolver, or firearm may only be carried in a shoulder holster, waist belt holster, any other holster, hipgrip, or any other similar device, in which event the weapon may be concealed by the person's clothing, or a handbag, purse, attache case, briefcase, or other closed container. Carrying on the person in a concealed manner other than as provided in this subsection shall not be permitted and shall be a violation of this Code section.

(d) This Code section shall not forbid the transportation of any firearm by a person who is not among those enumerated as ineligible for a license under Code Section 16-11-129, provided the firearm is enclosed in a case, unloaded, and separated from its ammunition. This Code section shall not forbid any person who is not among those enumerated as ineligible for a license under Code Section 16-11-129 from transporting a loaded firearm in any private passenger motor vehicle in an open manner and fully exposed to view or in the glove compartment, console, or similar compartment of the vehicle; provided, however, that any person in possession of a valid permit issued pursuant to Code Section 16-11-129 may carry a handgun in any location in a motor vehicle.

(e) On and after October 1, 1996, a person licensed to carry a handgun in any state whose laws recognize and give effect within such state to a license issued pursuant to this part shall be authorized to carry a handgun in this state, but only while the licensee is not a resident of this state; provided, however, that such licenseholder shall carry the handgun in compliance with the laws of this state.
Okay okay this too.
 

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ntech said:
I believe as long as you are not a felon, or ineligible to obtain a GFL, you may transport a loaded pistol in the glove compartment, or similar console of your vehicle. I believe it has to have a locking lid.
There is no requirement in Georgia law that the console/glove compartment must have a locking lid. There is also no requirement that the firearm be unloaded.
 

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wwomack said:
ntech said:
I believe as long as you are not a felon, or ineligible to obtain a GFL, you may transport a loaded pistol in the glove compartment, or similar console of your vehicle. I believe it has to have a locking lid.
There is no requirement in Georgia law that the console/glove compartment must have a locking lid. There is also no requirement that the firearm be unloaded.
I just remembered a case somewhere in this forum where a man was arrested for having a pistol in the door compartment. I believe the police officer arrested him for ccw because the door compartment didn't have a lid. The guy didn't have a GFL. Maybe one of our forum genies can rescue the link for me. Or maybe I am crazy.
 

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ntech said:
wwomack said:
ntech said:
I believe as long as you are not a felon, or ineligible to obtain a GFL, you may transport a loaded pistol in the glove compartment, or similar console of your vehicle. I believe it has to have a locking lid.
There is no requirement in Georgia law that the console/glove compartment must have a locking lid. There is also no requirement that the firearm be unloaded.
I just remembered a case somewhere in this forum where a man was arrested for having a pistol in the door compartment. I believe the police officer arrested him for ccw because the door compartment didn't have a lid. The guy didn't have a GFL. Maybe one of our forum genies can rescue the link for me. Or maybe I am crazy.
From reading the law it is implied that it has to have a lid but there is no requirement that it be locked or be able to be locked.
 
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ntech said:
wwomack said:
ntech said:
I believe as long as you are not a felon, or ineligible to obtain a GFL, you may transport a loaded pistol in the glove compartment, or similar console of your vehicle. I believe it has to have a locking lid.
There is no requirement in Georgia law that the console/glove compartment must have a locking lid. There is also no requirement that the firearm be unloaded.
I just remembered a case somewhere in this forum where a man was arrested for having a pistol in the door compartment. I believe the police officer arrested him for ccw because the door compartment didn't have a lid. The guy didn't have a GFL. Maybe one of our forum genies can rescue the link for me. Or maybe I am crazy.
From reading the law it is implied that it has to have a lid but there is no requirement that it be locked or be able to be locked.
This view is supported by case law. A similar compartment is one that has a "Latching" lid. Does not have to lock. This is where the myth of 3 Steps begins (IMHO).
 

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Geesh...the law makers really need to get their head out of their butts. So much gray areas concerning weapons. I mean this state you have to have a license, this one you don't. This state you can carry a weapon as long as it's locked up in a compartment and away from ammo, this one you can carry it loaded as long as it's in a compartment. Can't we all just go back to the good ole Wild West days? :lol: I mean first I thought there were two licenses, GFL, and a CCW and later learned it was pretty much the same thing here in Ga. so I only needed a GFL. Now I learn I can carry my pistol loaded as long as it's in my glove box or center console? I thought that was a concealed weapon that requires a license! You just about have to be a lawyer to understand it :lol: I can somewhat understand why it is confusing for some of these LEO's, maybe some of them are coming from different states too. :roll:
 

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ntech said:
wwomack said:
ntech said:
I believe as long as you are not a felon, or ineligible to obtain a GFL, you may transport a loaded pistol in the glove compartment, or similar console of your vehicle. I believe it has to have a locking lid.
There is no requirement in Georgia law that the console/glove compartment must have a locking lid. There is also no requirement that the firearm be unloaded.
I just remembered a case somewhere in this forum where a man was arrested for having a pistol in the door compartment. I believe the police officer arrested him for ccw because the door compartment didn't have a lid. The guy didn't have a GFL. Maybe one of our forum genies can rescue the link for me. Or maybe I am crazy.
If he would have had a GFL, he would have been legal. With a GFL you can put your gun anywhere in your car.
 

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ntech said:
I just remembered a case somewhere in this forum where a man was arrested for having a pistol in the door compartment. I believe the police officer arrested him for ccw because the door compartment didn't have a lid. The guy didn't have a GFL. Maybe one of our forum genies can rescue the link for me. Or maybe I am crazy.
You mean Lindsey v. State. Yes, no lid, so you can see the gun (the case said the officer saw it) means the gun is concealed. Lid, so the officer cannot see the gun, means it is not concealed.

Get it? :D
 
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