Quick Legal Facts
Not a factor.
Various described weapons, including dirks, bowie knives, switchblades, razors and other knives having a blade of two or more inches are prohibited on school grounds, within a school safety zone, at school functions or on transportation furnished by the schools, such as a school bus.
Twelve (12) inches
The Georgia State Constitution recognizes the right of individual citizens to keep and bear arms.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but the Genera! Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne.
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Per the Georgia State Constitution, the General Assembly (State Legislature) has the power to prescribe the manner in which arms “may be borne.” The laws enacted by the Georgia General Assembly pertaining to arms are generally found at Title 16, Chapter 11, dealing with Offenses Against Public Order and Safety.
There are no prohibited or forbidden types of knives under Georgia law. Georgia law does not contain any restrictions based on whether the knife has a folding or fixed-blade or whether, for instance, the blade is exposed automatically.
It is a misdemeanor under Georgia law to furnish any person under the age of eighteen (18) with various weapons, including any “knife designed for the purposes of offense or defense.” Ga. Code §16-11-101.
Concealment is not a factor.
Ga. Code § 16-11-125.1. Definitions
(2) Knife means a cutting instrument designed for the purpose of offense and defense consisting of a blade that is greater than five inches in length which is fastened to a handle.
(5) Weapon means a knife or handgun.
A cutting instrument is a “knife” within the Georgia criminal law definition if:
(1) It is designed for the purpose of offense or defense; and
(2) Has a blade that is greater than 12 inches in length.
Georgia law does not contain any prohibitions as to whether it is a folding or fixed-blade knife or whether, for instance, the blade is exposed automatically.
Essentially, a weapons carry license is required to possess a weapon outside of one’s home, place of business or motor vehicle.
Ga. Code § 16-11-126. Possessing or carrying a handgun or long gun
(a) Any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun or long gun may have or carry on his or her person a weapon or long gun on his or her property or inside his or her home, motor vehicle, or place of business without a valid weapons carry license.
(b) Any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun or long gun may have or carry on his or her person a long gun without a valid weapons carry license, provided that if the long gun is loaded, it shall only be carried in an open and fully exposed manner.
Any knife may be carried concealed or openly, provided that the blade length is not greater than five inches. If it is a cutting instrument designed for purposes of offense or defense, or if the length of the blade is greater than five inches, a weapons license is required.
Carrying a weapon in certain locations, to include bars, courthouse facilities, government buildings, prisons, jails, places of worship and nuclear power generating facilities, is restricted. § 16-11-127.
Legal length to carry a knife is twelve inches (12″). (Effective 5/8/2017). Knives with blades greater than twelve inches (12″) cannot be carried unless licensed.
Yes. §16-11-136. No county, municipality or consolidated government can make a law more restrictive about the possession, manufacture, sale or transfer of a knife than the current state law, except for restrictions in courthouses and government buildings.
Various described weapons, including dirks, bowie knives, switchblades, razors and other knives having a blade of two or more inches are prohibited on school grounds, within a school safety zone, at school functions or on transportation furnished by the schools, such as a school bus. § 16-11-127.1.
It is unlawful to furnish weapons to persons under the age of 18. § 16-11-101.
Yes. Georgia law provides that one with a weapons carry license may carry knives openly or concealed without limitation. § 16-9-129.