Atlanta, GA — Well before Georgia’s new Weapon’s Carry Law became effective on July 1, the state’s Probate Judges began readying themselves for the changes, many of which directly affect the way judges handle firearms applications.
Because of the sweeping changes in HB 60, also known as the Weapons Everywhere Law, the Council of Probate Court Judges saw a need to educate its judges on the effects of the new law including licensing exceptions, fingerprinting, investigation, issuance of weapons carry licenses, and renewal of licensing. Judges were provided with a memo highlighting the licensing changes compiled by Judge Susan Tate, Probate Court of Clarke County.
Some of the changes to be aware of:
• Members of the military under age 21 are now eligible for a weapons carry license;
• Carrying a weapon without a license and carrying a weapon or long gun in an unauthorized location in violation of OCGA 16-11-127 triggers a 5 year wait for a license;
• Applicants with certain mental health issues may petition the court for licensure. If it is judged that the person, by a preponderance of the evidence, is unlikely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety in carrying a weapon, the court shall grant such petition;
• Fingerprinting shall not be required for applicants seeking temporary renewal licenses or renewal license;
• No database will be created or maintained regarding license holders.
Earlier this year, the Council of Probate Court Judges launched the READY campaign to raise awareness of the role of the Probate Court in Georgia’s judicial system.