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Federal law requires federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct a background check on all firearm purchasers using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Georgia law incorporates this requirement.1

Georgia law prohibits anyone from knowingly attempting to solicit, persuade, encourage, or entice any dealer to transfer or otherwise convey a firearm other than to the actual buyer, or to a person who has been convicted of a felony, or people on probation for a felony (or “first felony” offense).2

Georgia law also makes it a crime for a person to knowingly and intentionally provide a firearm to any other person who is on probation as a felony first offender or has been convicted of a felony.3

The state also penalizes anyone who buys, sells, receives, disposes of, conceals, or has in his or her possession a firearm from which he or she knows the manufacturer’s serial number, or any other distinguishing number or identification mark has been removed for the purpose of concealing or destroying the firearm’s identity.4


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  1. Ga. Code Ann. §§ 16-11-171, 16-11-172.[]
  2. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-113.A “felony first offender” is a person who has been allowed to avoid a conviction for their first felony offense and obtain a sentence of probation. Ga. Code Ann. § 42-8-60.[]
  3. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-113(b).[]
  4. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-9-70(a).[]