2020 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 11 - Offenses Against Public Order and Safety
Article 4 - Dangerous Instrumentalities and Practices
Part 2 - Possession of Dangerous Weapons
§ 16-11-120. Short Title

Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-11-120 (2020)

This part shall be known and may be cited as the "Georgia Firearms and Weapons Act."

(Ga. L. 1968, p. 983, § 1.)

Editor's notes.

- Pursuant to Ga. L. 1968, p. 983, § 7, this part is cumulative and supplemental to laws of this state enacted prior to this part and, in the event of a conflict, this part shall govern and take precedence.


Firearms and Weapons Act does not violate Georgia Constitution.

- Georgia Firearms and Weapons Act, (this part) does not violate Ga. Const. 1976, Art. I, Sec. I, Para. V (see now Ga. Const. 1983, Art. I, Sec. I, Para. VIII), which provides for right of people to keep and bear arms. Carson v. State, 241 Ga. 622, 247 S.E.2d 68 (1978).

Georgia Firearms and Weapons Act constitutes a legitimate exercise of police power and can be sustained as a legitimate exercise of police power of the state. Carson v. State, 241 Ga. 622, 247 S.E.2d 68 (1978).

Evidence sufficient for conviction.

- See Davis v. State, 168 Ga. App. 272, 308 S.E.2d 602 (1983).

Cited in Simmons v. State, 246 Ga. 390, 271 S.E.2d 468 (1980); Warner v. State, 155 Ga. App. 495, 271 S.E.2d 636 (1980); Myrick v. State, 155 Ga. App. 496, 271 S.E.2d 637 (1980); Ezzard v. State, 155 Ga. App. 594, 271 S.E.2d 728 (1980); Blue v. State, 212 Ga. App. 847, 433 S.E.2d 635 (1994).



- Double jeopardy: various acts of weapons violations as separate or continuing offense, 80 A.L.R.4th 631.

Fact that gun was broken, dismantled, or inoperable as affecting criminal responsibility under weapons statute, 81 A.L.R.4th 745.

Cigarette lighter as deadly or dangerous weapon, 22 A.L.R.6th 533.

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