Carry License in GA


I just applied for mine on Tuesday, July 31st. It has now been a week (Tuesday, July 7th). Can anybody here from Gwinnett County (if there are any here) tell me how long it took you to get yours?



It will all depend on your country sheriff and how busy they are and their stance on carry permits. In all likelihood it will be the full 30 days.


Exactly. They’re in no hurry to let you exercise your right.


That’s a crying shame. We have some Sheriffs here in WV that hold similar feelings. Luckily in the county I live the Sheriff is very pro-2A. Just renewed my permit and even though the law says up to 45 days here I had mine in exactly one week.


Is Georgia a shall issue state ?


The thing that is most upsetting to me is that I am not even 100% sure that I will pass the background check because of a silly decision I made 8 years ago. Yet, if I had criminal intent, would I care to go through this process? Absolutely not!

In fact, here in GA, a background check is not even required for private gun sales. So if I had criminal intentions, why would I bother going through this “legal nonsense”?

I know I am “preaching to the choir” here. I just needed to vent some steam. I don’t see what is so difficult to understand about “…shall NOT be infringed”!

Oh well!


Yes, we are “shall issue”! Thankfully it’s not “may issue”


Hi DixieLynn, welcome back.
I’m not in Ga but I think if you’re in a shall issue state and are not otherwise prohibited you should have no problem. But the question would be was your “silly decision” adjudicated in some way and was it a felony?
(Rhetorical question by the way. No need to answer.)
If no, I think you have no worries.
The other question would be have you passed a background check to purchase any gun you have since that time or have they all been private? Again if you have, little worry. If not TBD.
The down side may be if they do find you to be a prohibited person you may be looking at some coming issues. (I really don’t know how Ga or your county handle these things.). Here in Ca they will come for your guns.
But I assume as you say if you had something severe enough in your past or any ill intent you wouldn’t have submitted to the permit process.
So fingers crossed and relax. I’m sure it will be fine.


It wasn’t a felony and it was while I still lived in Northern NY. I got angry and slapped my ex-b/f around for a few minutes. His neighbor called the police after I left. Later, I was given a summons to appear in court. Sadly, I don’t remember the particulars except that I had a “do not harass” order placed against me for 6 months and at some point the case was “sealed”! I don’t think it was even a misdemeanor, if i recollect correctly. I think it was something like “2nd degree harassment” which is only a violation in the state of NY.

My problem with the form was the question that says, “have you ever been convicted of or plead guilty to a misdemeanor crime involving the use or attempted use of force against someone as to whom at the time you were current or former spouse, share a child in common, similarly situated as a spouse (he and I never even lived together), etc.” I assumed this question was referring specifically to domestic violence and I don’t think my charges were ever labeled as such lol.


Based on the question you’re concerned about and assuming yo anserd “no”, I don’t think you’ll have any problem.
Let us know how it goes and how long it takes.

Just as an FYI in my county in Ca (a may issue state) the Sheriff only started issuing permits about 4-5 years ago. When she did they were so overwhelmed it took over 6 months to process. The permits are only good for two years. My first renewal took four months as they had added staff. Now it’s down to just under a month.
So if you’re expecting 30 days, from a Ca perspective that’s pretty good.


I’m sorry to hear about what y’all have to go through in CA. Wow!

I will definitely let y’all know how it goes.

Thanks everyone for your inputs thus far.


I think we would all be in trouble if they took in to account every time we gave someone a attitude adjustment.