Hey I am in the military and i am from GA but living out of state. Are you a GA resident? Do you have a GA Drivers licence? I was just back in Ga About a month ago and purchased a Sig 229. You dont need a permit to purchase a handgun in GA. But you do have to be a GA resident. Most counties in Ga do not have any waiting periods for handguns. The dealer that sells the gun can fill out all the paperwork you need and do the background check for you. All this took about 30 minutes when I got mine. Hope this helps. If you have any other question just ask and I will gladly help.