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    Short GA Visit

    I'm currently looking over Georgia carry laws, but I'm curious if there are any "gotcha" type laws that a Tennessean (with HCP) should be aware of?

    I'll be visiting for a few days next week.

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    Courtesy of Georgia Packing.Org
    Places off limits to carry

    There are 9 laws that address where firearms may be borne(carried)
    Some apply to weapons (handguns and knives as defined at the top of this page,) and long guns (as defined at the top of this page,) while other places apply to everything else other than a weapon.

    Carrying a Weapon in an Unauthorized Location: Carrying a weapon or long gun in any of the following places is against the law (misdemeanor offense, exceptions are below the list)...

    In a government building.
    -- "Government Building" means:
    The building in which a government entity is housed (Please see the definition for "government entity" below for more information)
    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
    The portion of any building that is not a publicly owned building that is occupied by a government entity. (if a government entity rented out space in a mall and actually occupies it with people, only the "store" space they rented would be off limits)

    --"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 (This part of the law is kind of vague depending on who exactly is included regarding an "office" or "department" as to where they are "housed" or "occupied". The meaning most favorable to a person charged with violating this law (which is the way a court should rule) is limited to the location that contains the person that is in charge of the entire entity. Example: Your local tax office has 3 locations (all publicly owned) where you can make payments, the county tax commissioner is housed in building A and is off-limits, buildings b and c are not off limits because they do not house the Office of the tax commissioner. The meaning least favorable to a person charged with violating this law (which is a way police and prosecutors could interpret it and a court might rule) includes any location where an employee operates out of. Example: Your local tax office has 3 locations (all publicly owned) where you can make payments, all 3 locations are off limits. This does not include a blanket ban on all publicly owned buildings since the law says that a publicly owned building is only off-limits if an entity is housed or meets in the building).

    In a courthouse (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
    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
    In a bar unless the owner permits carry (the owner has to grant permission for you to be able carry, a bar is defined as an establishment that is devoted to the serving of alcoholic beverages for consumption by guests on the premises and in which the serving of food is only incidental to the consumption of those beverages, like taverns, nightclubs, cocktail lounges, and cabarets)
    On the premises of a nuclear power facility (punishment for carry is a misdemeanor, carry with intent to do bodily harm is a felony)
    Within 150 feet of a polling location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fallschirmjäger View Post
    Within 150 feet of a polling location.[/i]
    See, that could be a gottcha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCrawford View Post
    See, that could be a gottcha.
    I think by law they have to be marked because you cannot campaign within 150 feet of a polling place either...and thats only on election day...At least the place I vote at its marked, but its also a church so I cannot carry there legally either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WCrawford View Post
    See, that could be a gottcha.
    Since polling places are virtually always government buildings or churches, they are not somewhere you would carry to anyway.

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    Thanks for the help. Nothing seems to be a real "gotcha" for my 4 day trip. Now I need to brush up on Alabama law, since I just learned that Columbus, GA is on the state border, and I have no clue if the GF will want to cross the river.

    Glad my TN HCP is good in so many states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCrawford View Post
    Now I need to brush up on Alabama law...
    VERY VERY simple. Do not carry at a demonstration or within 1000' of one. That is the ONLY statutory off limits location. Although, it is Alabama and the local sheriffs rule. My advise in Alabama is to keep it concealed.

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    Well I'm down here near Ft. Benning. Headed to a range with the girlfriend. Gonna shoot up a bunch of paper targets.

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