Georgia hunters have been told to leave their weapons at home or risk losing their hunting privileges.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources issued the order on Monday, a day after lawmakers passed a bill banning firearms on public lands.
Nathan Deal signed the bill on Thursday, which critics say is designed to undermine the state’s hunting season.
The state has about 40,000 hunting licenses, and some hunters say they are being denied licenses because of the bill.
Deal said Monday he would sign the bill but would wait to see what effect it has on the state hunting season before making any changes.
The governor’s office said hunters can take a few days to prepare their weapons and move them to a secure location.
If they fail to do so, they will lose their hunting rights and face fines.
The bill also requires that hunters register firearms and keep them locked in a safe.
Georgia is one of just a few states that have a ban on hunting on public land, which has historically been a hunting preserve for Native Americans and other groups.
The federal government has taken steps to restrict firearms ownership in the United States.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is conducting a pilot program in which it will allow people to legally possess firearms for training.
But gun rights advocates say that could be a long way off.