Do You Need a Gun License for a .22 Caliber?

Updated June 05, 2017

Gun laws are not monolithic. There are federal laws that specifically address gun control, gun possession and the concealing of a weapon. Individual state laws, however, often differ from federal laws.


The Second Amendment states that "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

What Is a .22 calibre?

These are weapons with ammunition whose diameter measures .22 inches. There are many types of guns that use this size ammunition; these guns include revolvers, rifles, pistols and shotguns.


Laws on owning a .22 calibre are liberal in most states. Permits are not required to register or purchase handguns. In some states like Georgia, you must be at least 18 to purchase a handgun. While in states like New Mexico, you must be at least 21.

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A native of Atlanta, Ashley Rachel has been writing articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in magazines geared toward helping others, including "Single Parent Magazine." Rachel holds a Bachelors of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.