Character of the metal-insulator transition which occurs at about 23 GPa in bulk GaN crystals has been studied by means of high pressure Raman spectroscopy. The related freeze-out of electrons is caused by the localized donor state formed by most likely oxygen and emerging at high pressures to the band gap of GaN. As a result, the electron concentration drops from its initial value of 5.1019 cm-3 to about 3. 1018 cm-3. These remaining electrons originate likely from another donor center with effective mass character, probably carbon. The obtained results raise a question whether the nitrogen vacancy is abundant enough to be observed in bulk GaN crystals.