Safe Storage, Gun Lock Requirements & Laws
Georgia law does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, although federal law still applies.
- Georgia law does not generally require firearm owners to lock their weapons
- State administrative regulations may govern the secure control of firearms in certain locations
- In 2006, Georgia created the Suicide Prevention Program (I’d post a link to their SPP site, but the link is not working on their end.) to be managed by the injury prevention section of the Division of Public Health of the Georgia Dept. of Human Resources.
- In Georgia, three out of four suicide deaths involve a firearm.
- The law requires the injury prevention section to, among other things, “Work with public officials to improve firearm safety.” 1
Notes: 1. Ga. Code Ann. § 37-1-27 (formerly § 31-2-9)
Georgia Gun Laws
- Georgia has very weak gun laws…
- Georgia began allowing people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses
- 19th-highest gun death rate in the country in 2017
- Guns used in crimes in other states originate in Georgia at nearly TWICE the national rate
- To help save lives from gun violence, Georgia could require background checks and waiting periods
- They could also help by prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing firearms
- It is unlawful for any licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer any handgun unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device.
- The law includes various exceptions, including transfers to other federal firearms licensees, law enforcement officers, and federal, state or local agencies.
- The legislation does not apply to transfers by private sellers. and does not require that transferees use the device.
- There are no current federal standards for locking devices.
- January 16, 2013, President Obama signed a series of executive orders to address gun violence and school safety in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre in December 2012.
- On of the orders calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commision to review the effectiveness of gun locks and gun safes.
- Including existing coluntary industry standards, and take steps that may be warranted to improve those standards.
- A statement by President Obama: “We also need to make sure that gun locks and gun safes work as intended. Several gun lock have been subject to recall due to their failure to function properly; that is not acceptable.”
Sources: The White House, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence (Jan. 16, 2013): https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/docs/wh_now_is_the_time_full.pdf
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