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Georgia 80 Percent Lower Laws

80 Percent Arms   |   Dec 10th 2021

Disclaimer: To get started, we want to share a small disclaimer. We are dedicated and proud supporters of everything 2nd amendment, but we are not lawyers. So, before you take what you read here and run with it, you will want to double-check all of your local or state gun laws. Make sure you are up to date on any special regulations that may apply to you and your situation. Gun laws are always changing and always do your part to stay up to date with the newest and current laws.

This information is provided as a service to the public. It is NOT intended to be taken as legal advice and should never be considered as such. Make sure to do your own research as you and you alone are responsible for your own actions.

This is a developing list of information we intend to update regularly to stay accurate and current. If you see a discrepancy or a mistake with your home state’s laws that we’ve covered, feel free to let us know so we can correct it. Thank you and stay safe!

What is an 80% Lower?

An 80% lower receiver is an unfinished and unserialized blank which requires some machining work from the end user to turn it into a 100% lower receiver, otherwise, what is legally considered as a firearm. 80 lowers are missing the trigger pocket and three holes that need to be milled and drilled out to be completed. Unless states have passed their own laws barring the possession or sales of 80% products; pending the ATF's updated decision from the most recent proposed rule 2021R-05 80% lowers are completely legal, not considered firearms and thus can be shipped straight to your front door. No FFL required. To explore the 80 percent lower receivers we have to offer, check out our multiple collections.

Are 80 Lowers Legal In Georgia?

As of this guide’s initial publish date, 80% lower receivers and frames are not considered as firearms by the ATF and are legal to ship directly to buyers residing in the state of Georgia.

Do I Need to Serialize My 80 Lower in Georgia?

If you build out your own firearms starting with 80 lowers in Georgia you do not need to serialize the lower receiver or frame as there are currently no laws requiring citizens to do so. Should you wish to serialize your lower receiver you certainly can if necessary through our engraving services for 80 lowers.

Key Gun Laws in Georgia

Other than laws regarding 80 lowers and frames, these are the key gun laws you should be aware of if you reside or are traveling through Georgia.

Firearm Possession and Purchase Requirements

In the state of Georgia, there is no minimum age requirement to possess rifles and shotguns. For handguns, a person must be at least 21 years of age in order to purchase that firearm. The law does not prohibit minors between ages 18 to 21 from possessing firearms though. The exception applies when an underage person is attending a hunter education or firearms safety course, engaging in recreational practice at a range, involved in an organized competition, or while hunting/fishing and if the handgun is unloaded while traveling to any of the aforementioned activities. In addition, the exception also exists when the underage person is at his or her residence with the permission of their parents or legal guardian to possess said handgun. Buyers are not required to have an extra permit to purchase handguns in Georgia.

All firearm purchases and private party transfers require a background check (Dealer Record of Sale also known as 4473 form or “DROS”). While federal law requires federal firearm license holders (“FFL’s”:) to initiate background checks on buyers prior to the sale of a firearm, federal law also allows states to serve as their own “point of contact” and conduct their own background checks via state, federal records or databases, as well as the option to use the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database. Since 2005, Georgia has not been a point of contact for the NICS and directly contacts the FBI for background checks.

The DROS process and the background check does not have any waiting periods in Georgia so buyers can take their guns home the same day they’re purchased on. CCW permit holders also have the additional benefit of not needing a background check when purchasing a firearm at a store as long as they present their CCW license card.

Open and Concealed Carrying

Florida allows licensed open carry which is obtainable through the state’s WCL or “weapons carry license. Conceal carriers must be at least 21 years of age and pass a state-approved firearms training course that includes live-fire exercises. Georgia does honor CCW licenses from other states with which Georgia has a reciprocity agreement with and is a “shall issue” state. Be aware of the limits of open and conceal carrying by checking the state restrictions. To see which states’ concealed carry permits it honors check this reciprocity map here.

NFA Restrictions

NFA weapons and related items are allowed. Fortunately, Georgia doesn’t have an assault weapon ban (“AWB ”) in place.

Magazine Capacity Restrictions

There are no magazine capacity restrictions in Georgia. Enjoy those drums and belt-fed box magazines! We carry plenty of standard capacity magazines like the Lancer Advanced Warfighter L5 mag which is a 30 rounder too. Our favorite color is the translucent smoke one.

Mandatory Storage Requirements

There are no mandatory storage requirements for firearms in Georgia, however, you should still exercise caution and can be tried for negligently leaving your guns accessible to children. If you need some good ideas or best practices for storing your guns and gear here are 5 ways to store your firearms at home.

Self-Defense

Georgia has a stand your ground law in place and is considered a castle doctrine state. That means the state law does not force residents to retreat in the face of mortal danger before resorting to a lethal response in kind. State laws allow force when outside of one’s home as well.

Ammunition Purchase Requirements

Purchasing ammunition in Georgia is largely unrestricted and sales are mostly unregulated. Under state law you can buy virtually any ammo in Georgia.

Start Your Next 80 Lower Build with 80% Arms!

Georgia residents are completely free to build their own firearms from 80 lowers and frames without any required serialization or FFL transactions. It's the perfect state to take advantage of your constitutional Second Amendment right and freedom to keep and bear arms. That includes 80% Arms! Grab a  jig for 80 lowers and some buddies to enjoy that freedom together and let us know if you need any advice with your build at any point in the process. Friends, live free.