Legal Information: Georgia

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
November 12, 2018

I have a protective order against the abuser. Can s/he keep a gun or buy a new gun?

Georgia law does not automatically prohibit an abuser who has a protective order against him/her from possessing a firearm.  However, in a protective order petition in Georgia, you can request that the judge order the abuser not possess or purchase firearms according to federal law in the section where you can request additional protections.  You may want to include as much information that you can about any known firearms that the abuser owns or to which s/he has access.

Federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser's right to have a gun if you have a protective order against him/her that meets certain requirements even if the judge does not specifically include on the order that s/he cannot have a gun.  Go to the Federal Gun Laws page to get more information.

If you are afraid for your safety, talk to your local domestic violence program about your options.  Go to the GA Advocates and Shelters to find a program in your area.