Macon County Georgia

Board of Commissioners' Office
121 South Sumter Street
Oglethorpe, Georgia 31068

Weapons Carry License

In Georgia, a license to carry authorizes a person to carry a handgun, openly or in a holster, hipgrip or similar device. If you possess a license to carry, your weapon may be concealed by your clothing, or in a handbag, purse, attache case, briefcase, other closed container, or in any location in a motor vehicle.

The license to carry, valid for five years, is obtained by application under oath to the judge of the probate court. Georgia law specifically provides that the application form "shall not require non-pertinent nor irrelevant data" from the applicant.

Applications for Georgia Weapons Carry License must be made during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. The process generally takes about 30 minutes, so no applications are accepted after 3:30 p.m.

No license will be issued to:

After the Probabe Judge has received the application, the applicant must go to a designated local law enforcement agency for fingerprinting. 

If the applicant has been hospitalized at a mental hospital or alcohol or drug treatment center within five years of his application for a license to carry, the judge has discretion, after considering the recommendation of the Superintendent of the hospital or treatment center, to issue or deny the license.

Miscellaneous Provisions

It is unlawful to:

It is also unlawful to carry or possess any firearm within 1,000 feet of any school property, on a school bus or other transportation furnished by the school, or at a school function without written authorization from a school official.

This prohibition shall not apply to: organized sport shooting events, firearms training courses, persons licensed to carry when such person carries or picks up a student, any weapon legally kept in a vehicle in transit through a school zone by any person other than a student, or a firearm in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle or in a locked container or locked firearms rack in a motor vehicle being used by a person over 21 to bring or pick up a student.

The 1,000 foot zone which extends beyond the actual school property does not apply to persons who reside within the zone, are visiting someone who resides in the zone, or are conducting lawful business within the zone.