GCO member Stephen Richards was refused a temporary renewal license in Murray County when he requested it and offered the statutory $1.00 fee at the time when he applied for his renewal license. Mr. Richards sent the following letter to the probate court:
The Honorable Dale Adams, Probate Judge, Murray County
115 Fort Street
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Dear Mr. Adams,
On February 8, 2007 I made application to renew my Georgia Firearms License. When I made application, I requested a Temporary License per the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) 16-11-129 section (i). I was denied the Temporary License by the ladies in the office and by you during a telephone conversation later that day.
I have included a copy of OCGA 16-11-129 and a copy of House Bill 1032. House Bill 1032 amended sections (a) through (d) of OCGA 16-11-129. Section (i) of OCGA 16-11-129, Temporary renewal licenses remained unchanged.
OCGA 16-11-129 section (i) (1) Any person who holds a license under this Code section to carry a pistol or revolver may, at the time he applies for a renewal of the license, also apply for a temporary renewal license if less than 90 days remain before expiration of the license he then holds or if his previous license has expired within the last 30 days.
My license expired on January 24, 2007. I am writing to request a Temporary License per OCGA 16-11-129 section (i).
Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Richards, the Murray County Probate Court now follows the law on this matter and issues temporary licenses to renewal applicants. This is but one more demonstration of grassroots efforts at work!