Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A)
Title 16 – Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 11 – Offenses Against Public Order and Safety
Article 4 – Dangerous Instrumentalities and Practices
Part 3 – Carrying and Possession of Firearms
Georgia Code § 16-11-125.1 – Definitions
- As used in this part, the term:
- (1) “Handgun” means a firearm of any description, loaded or unloaded, from which any shot, bullet, or other missile can be discharged by an action of an explosive where the length of the barrel, not including any revolving, detachable, or magazine breech, does not exceed 12 inches; provided, however, that the term “handgun” shall not include a gun which discharges a single shot of 0.46 centimeter or less in diameter.
- (2) “Knife” means a cutting instrument designed for the purpose of offense and defense consisting of a blade that is greater than 12 inches in length which is fastened to a handle.
- (3) “License holder” means a person who holds a valid weapons carry license.
- (4) “Long gun” means a firearm with a barrel length of at least 18 inches and overall length of at least 26 inches designed or made and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or made to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed:
- (A) Shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each single pull of the trigger or from which any shot, bullet, or other missile can be discharged; or
- (B) Metallic cartridge to fire only a single projectile through a rifle bore for each single pull of the trigger;provided, however, that the term “long gun” shall not include a gun which discharges a single shot of 0.46 centimeter or less in diameter.
- (5) “Weapon” means a knife or handgun.
- (6) “Weapons carry license” or “license” means a license issued pursuant to Code Section 16-11-129.
History:Code 1981, § 16-11-125.1, enacted by Ga. L. 2010, p. 963, § 1-1/SB 308; Ga. L. 2017, p. 555, § 3/HB 292; Ga. L. 2018, p. 1112, § 16/SB 365.