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This Day in Georgia History

August 12, 1910

License Required to Carry Pistol

Gov. Joseph M. Brown signed legislation making it illegal for any person to carry a pistol or revolver without first having a license issued by the county ordinary (now known as the probate judge). Applicants for what came to be known as a “pistol toter’s permit” had to be at least 18 and also had to provide a $100 bond payable to the governor in case of improper or illegal use of the weapon. On the same day, Gov. Brown signed another firearm-related law that made it illegal to shoot at occupied houses except in defense of person, property, or habitation, or under other circumstances of justification.