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Know the Laws: Georgia

UPDATED July 25, 2014

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WomensLaw.org strongly recommends that you get in touch with a domestic violence advocate in your community for more information on gun laws in your area. To find help in your state, please click on the Where to Find Help tab at the top of this page.

Guns and Criminal Convictions

back to topIf a law enforcement officer or other government employee is convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, can s/he have or buy a gun?

No.  Law enforcement officers and other government officials who have been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor cannot have or buy guns for any purpose, including their official duties, according to federal law.*

* 18 U.S.C. § 925(a)(1)

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back to topHow can I find out if the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor?

Domestic violence misdemeanor and felony records are open to the public, but they are not always easy to access.  If you know the exact courthouse where the abuser may have been convicted, you can go to the courthouse and ask the clerk of court for access to those records.

Domestic violence misdemeanor and felony records are also kept in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  However, no one other than law enforcement officials and licensed firearm sellers are allowed to search the NICS.  Your local police department may be willing to search NICS for you if you ask, but they are not required to do so.

To read more about the NICS, please see the question, What will happen if the abuser tries to purchase a gun?

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