See our Firearm Prohibitions policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Georgia prohibits the purchase or receipt of a firearm by any person who is on probation as a “felony first offender,” has received a conditional discharge for a felony, or who has been convicted of a felony.1 Georgia has no other laws limiting who may possess firearms.
For information on the background check process used to enforce these provisions, see the Georgia Background Checks section.
- Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-131(b), (b.1).