Update on Temporary License Situation – We Need Your Help!

Many, but not all, probate judges in Georgia are refusing to issue temporary renewal firearms licenses at the time of renewal as required in the licensing statute (see prior “Alert!” on temporary licensing issue). Georgicarry.org needs your help in determining who the culprits are.

So far, we have compiled the following list of counties where the judges are and are not issuing temporary renewal licenses:

NOT ISSUING

Appling
Bacon
Baker
Baldwin
Banks
Cherokee
Clayton
Coweta
Dawson
DeKalb
Douglas
Fayette
Floyd
Forsyth
Fulton
Gwinnett
Hall
Henry
Lowndes
Meriwether
Rockdale
Spalding
Terrell
Toombs
Troup
Whitefield

ISSUING

Cobb*
Dougherty
Lee
Seminole (issues new card within 24 hours)
Upson (issues new card within 24 hours)

But there are 159 counties in Georgia, which means we lack information from 135 counties.

Please assist us. If your county is not listed in either category above, please contact your local probate court. All you have to do is say, “Hi. Are you issuing temporary renewal firearms licenses at the time of application for a five year renewal license?

They will probably tell you, “There is no such thing as a renewal license anymore,” in which case, you may want to ask, just to clarify, whether they will issue you a temporary license when you apply for a renewal of yor current license.

Then please notify is of the answer and the county from which you obtained the answer.

Contact information for your probate court can be found here. http://www.georgiapacking.org/gfl1.php

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6 Responses to “Update on Temporary License Situation – We Need Your Help!”

  1. berettaguy Says:

    I’ve read all about this apparent infringement of our rights to obtain a temporary license but nothing about what “we the people” can do about it. I’m up for renewal now but I’m hesitant to make waves before I get license in hand. Clearly these judges (and mine in particular in Spalding County) think they can just do what they want.

    This isn’t about the wait. Eventually word will get out and people will apply 90 days ahead. It’s about rights and freedom. Losing your rights legally is one thing but this is just ludicrous – especially considering the widespread nature.

    Where does one begin to fight this? Litigation against the counties? The Attorney General? The compendium of Georgia Probate Judges?

    I hope others out there are as fuming mad as I am and are compelled to take action!

  2. jrm Says:

    Berettaguy: There seems to be pretty wide spread belief throughout the state among probate judges that temporary permits no longer should be issued. Discussions with probate judges have not been fruitful. It appears that the only way to reverse this failure to abide by the law will be to get a court to declare that the law still requires the issuance of temporary licenses.

    GCO would consider sponsoring litigation on behalf of a member or members in appropriate circumstances. At a minimum, somebody who was entitled to receive a temporary license would have to apply for one, and be denied.

  3. ronwill Says:

    Lowndes County does not issue a tempory permit.

  4. michael redmond Says:

    No county I personally know of issuers a temporary permit if you do not have one. However at one time in Georgia a temporary permit was issue for someone who already had a caryy permit and their renewal would not be back before their present permit expired. Does anyone know if this has changed?

  5. Ed Stone Says:

    Ronwill, we added Lowndes County; Thank you.

    Michael Redmond, O.C.G.A. 16-11-129(i) requires the probate judge to issue a temporary renewal license at the time of application for a renewal license. This is one of the issues being litigated in the following federal case.

    http://georgiacarry.org/cms/?p=20

    A hearing on the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, 2006.

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