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Georgia Carry Question

Discussion in 'Legal' started by 627PCFan, Mar 11, 2013.

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  1. 627PCFan

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    The wife wants to go on Vacay this summer to Savannah GA. I just checked Handgun Law, GA doesn’t accept VA’s permit and Open carry too is restricted to permit only. It looks like I can only carry my gun open while in my car per § 16-11-126. Can any locals confirm?
     
  2. Ehtereon11B

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    Second to getting a Florida permit. FL issues permits to non residents and they are the most widely accepted non-resident permit with 37 states allowing it if memory serves.
     
  3. zoom6zoom

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    that's why i have a Utah permit, too
     
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    The Fl permit is more costly on an out of state basis than VAs. I carry both and I believe that Fl cost me $130 and is good for 6 or 7 years. It's laminated with a photo. Looks much more official than our paper one.
     
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    Without a valid GA permit you have 2 options. When in your vehicle the gun must be visible to any LE officer who approaches your car. On the seat or some other place where they cannot miss it. Or it must be out of sight, and not readily accessable. That means a glove compartment is legal. Under the seat, in a storage panel built into the door, or in a center console is illegal.

    I'm not sure open carry would be legal because an officer appraching the car during a traffic stop would not be able to see the gun.
     
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    Just keep in mind that, even though you'll have a Florida license (assuming that's the route you go), you still have to follow Georgia's carry laws, and they are more restrictive than are Florida's. Not sure about Virginia's.
     
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    Just to note, pursuant to 16-11-126, the center console would be legal. It permits the glove compartment, "console" or any other such compartment. In other states (Indiana I believe) there is case law to the effect that the glove compartment and console are not the same and since the console was not specified in the text of the law it would be illegal.
     
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    Georgia doesnt honor Virginia's license because Virginia refuses to honor Georgia's. Getting the Florida non-resident license is a legal loophole to get around this. It would be nice if VA would just agree to honor our permit.
     
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    :what:WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! :what:And if it isn't wrong, please provide the relevant code section.

    Carrying in your own vehicle is perfectly legal in Georgia. Barring any prohibitor of firearm possession, there are no restrictions as to where and how the firearm must be placed in the vehicle.

    Unfortunately, you are stuck having to empty and case your firearm outside of the vehicle.

    http://www.georgiapacking.org/GaCode/?title=16&chapter=11&section=126

     
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    Anywhere inside the vehicle is legal in our fine state! :) We do have a few goofy laws here but vehicle carry is not one of them.
     
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    Of course you are correct! Anywhere in the vehicle but not in plain sight. My response was incomplete as I was responding to the comment that the center console was illegal. Our "peaceable journey" statute is one good example of just how gun friendly Georgia is. That said, I'm not so certain about our governor right now with pending carry legislation.
     
  13. janedoedad

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    Your post is correct. I was hijacking your very good comparison to another state where one place of the car is acceptable and another place is not. :D

    There are no restrictions as to 'plain view' or 'concealed'.

    I beleive Gov Deal will sign HB 512. Not so sure about SB 101
     
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    Thanks for the information. I'm in VA but will be traveling to GA for a water fight with an island later this year.
     
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    Thanks, that is good to know.
     
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