Both new and long-time gun owners frequently call U.S. LawShield and ask their Independent Program Attorneys this very simple, but important, question.

“Do I have to register my firearms in the State of Georgia?” The answer is an emphatic “No!”

Even in light of a worldwide pandemic, such as COVID-19, there is no requirement to register firearms. The law in the Official Code of Georgia § 38-3-37 specifically prohibits government officials “While acting during or pursuant to a declared state of emergency” from requiring the registration of any firearm.

What Does the Law Say?

There is no law or requirement in Georgia that you register a firearm unless it’s an item covered under the National Firearms Act (short-barreled rifles, automatic weapons, suppressors, etc). If you lawfully possess an NFA item, you will have been through the registration process prior to receiving it.

Further, even in times of emergencies Georgia law specifically prohibits firearm registration. The Official Code of Georgia § 38-3-37 specifically prohibits the seizing of firearms or ammunition by any state authorities in a time of emergency and specifically prohibits any requirements for registration of firearms. The Official Code of Georgia Section 38-3-37, subsection 4 reads:

“(b) No official or employee of the state (or any political subdivision thereof), member of the National Guard in the service of the state, or any person operating pursuant to or under color of state law, while acting during or pursuant to a declared state of emergency, shall: […]

 (4) Require the registration of any firearm.”

If you have any more firearm-related questions, please call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.