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Georgia has very weak gun laws and is a major exporter of crime guns to other states. Lawmakers have an obligation to do more to save lives from gun violence.

In 2017, Georgia began allowing people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. Georgia had the 15th-highest gun death rate in the country in 2020, and the ninth-highest gun export rate in the country. To save lives from gun violence, Georgia should require background checks on all firearm purchases, strengthen protections for survivors of domestic violence, enact an extreme risk protection law, and invest in community violence intervention programs.

What Georgia Does Well

  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Certain child access prevention laws
  • Handgun dealer regulation

What Georgia Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permitting
  • Community violence intervention funding



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.