Archive for the 'Temporary Licenses' Category

Murray County Now Issuing Temporary Licenses

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

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!


Fulton County Agrees to Issue Temporaries, Replacements

Friday, March 9th, 2007

A GCO member lost his GFL and asked Fulton County to replace the lost license, as provided by state statute.  The Fulton County Probate Court denied the request, stating that it did not issue replacement licenses.  GCO attorneys wrote the court a letter, threatening a mandamus action against the judge if a replacement was not issued.  The court replied with a lengthy explanation of why replacements are not provided (citing a conflict with federal law, and saying the court did not want to jeopardize the GFL’s status as an alternative to the NICS check when purchasing a firearm).

View the letters here:

 In subsequent negotiations with the court, the court agreed to issue the member a replacement GFL and also to begin issuing temporaries for people applying for renewal GFLs.


Gwinnett County Policy is to Issue Temporaries

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

After Gwinnett County issued a GFL to a GCO member, GCO attorneys followed up with Gwinnett County regarding their policy.  The Probate Court has informed GCO that it now is the Court’s policy to issue temporary GFLs in conformance with OCGA 16-11-129(i).


GCO Writes Gwinnett Judge, License Issued

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

GCO attorneys wrote a letter to the Gwinnett County Probate Judge on behalf of a GCO member, because the judge refused to issue a temporary license to the member.  Within hours of receiving GCO’s letter via fax and email, the license was issued.  Here’s a link to the letter:



Update — Cobb County Issues Temporaries

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

In response to litigation sponsored by GCO, the Cobb County probate court issued the plaintiff and others temporary GFLs.  The mandamus hearing, scheduled for Nov. 13, will not be held. 

A letter from the probate court to plaintiff’s counsel should be available here soon:

Cobb County now has been moved from the list of counties not issuing temporaries to the list of counties issuing temporaries:


Update — GCO Sues Cobb County Probate Judge

Friday, October 27th, 2006

The Cobb County Probate Judge has not responded to a GCO attorney request to issue a temporary renewal GFL to a GCO member.  As promised, GCO has commenced an action for mandamus against the probate judge.  A hearing has been set for Nov. 13 for the probate judge to explain why he should not be required to issue a temporary renewal GFL. 

 A copy of the complaint should be available soon at



GCO Urges Judge to Issue Temporaries, Threatens Litigation

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

GCO attorneys have responded to a member complaint of the Cobb County probate court’s refusal to issue a temporary renewal license.  Judge David Dodd has been warned that if he does not reverse his practice of refusing to issue temporaries by October 26, a writ of mandamus will be sought against him, ordering him to issue temporaries as required by Georgia law. 

 A copy of the letter may be view at



Update — Henry County Agrees to Redact SSN and to Issue Temps

Monday, October 9th, 2006

In response to GCO-sponsored litigation, the Henry County Probate Court has agreed not to require SSN and employment information, and to issue a temporary license to the plaintiff.

 The letter agreeing to do so is here:



GCO Sponsors New SSN, Temporary License Litigation

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

In another case sponsored by GCO, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the Henry County probate judge.  When a member approached GCO about redressing Privacy Act and Georgia Firearms Act violations, GCO stepped in to help.  The action seeks to require the probate judge to issue temporary renewal licenses, not to require SSN and employment information from applicants, and to provide warnings required by the Privacy Act if SSNs are requested on a voluntary basis.

There will be a hearing on Tuesday, October 10 on the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order, requiring immediate acceptance of the plaintiff’s renewal application without SSN and employment information, and issuance of a temporary renewal license.

The complaint and brief in support of the motion are available here:


Update on Temporary License Situation – We Need Your Help!

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

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). 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:




Cobb *
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.