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UPDATED: Georgia Weapons License Carry Fee To Rise in March

The fees will go up by $7 when you apply for a license at the Cherokee County Probate Court.

A budget crunch at the state level has caused the Cherokee County Probate Court to increase the fee to obtain a Georgia weapons carry license.

Beginning March 1, the fee will increase from $72.25 to $79.25 when you apply for a license at the Cherokee County Probate Court

The increase is due to the Georgia Crime Information Center, a division of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, increasing the fee to perform state and federal background checks, which will rise from $37.25 to $44.25.

GBI Spokesman John Bankhead said the increase is a "budget issue."

The GBI revised increased the fees for fingerprint-based state background checks submitted for "employment, contractor or licensing purposes," according to a GCIC operations bulletin.  

"These changes are a result of the significant revenue shortfalls experienced by the state of Georgia, which necessitate that GCIC recover the costs incurred in conducting fingerprint-based CHRI searches," the bulletin said. 

Cherokee County Probate Court Judge Keith Wood said he doesn't think the increase will deter a person's decision to apply for a license.

"The desire to apply  is typically — and rightfully — driven by considerations outside of monetary concerns," he added.

The Probate Court has seen its license applications increase by nearly three times, according to year-to-date figures Wood provided Patch from 2012 and 2013.

Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 7 last year, the office had 360 applications. So far this year, the office has received 1,137 applications. 

The surge, he added, has propelled the court to apply its resources to handle the applications, which in turn impacts his staff's ability to handle its other responsibilities such as handling estates, guardianships, mental health cases and marriage licenses.

"I am blessed to have a staff that is extremely competent and very flexible so they have been able to do what is necessary to maintain what I consider to be excellent service to our citizens in all areas of operations in our office," he added.  

What do you think of the fee increase? Tell us in the comments!

Dean Sheridan February 07, 2013 at 04:32 PM
"No good crisis should ever go to waste,"
Kristal Dixon (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Care to expand upon that and add your two cents?
crrazytimes February 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Budget issues. you wouldnt have a budget issue if you were buying everyone a new dodge charger to sporty around town. The police in Cherokee county drive better vehicles than 85% of the population of cherokee county. I rolled through a stop sign IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, and it cost me 175 bucks. 175 for rolling through a stop sign. give me a break. I currently live in a city that is the 3rd largest city in Kentucky, and i still see less police on the roads. I guess chderokee county just has a booming crime rate.
Kristal Dixon (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 03:59 PM
The budget issues referenced in the article are at the state level, not at the local level. Furthermore, both the Probate Court and the Cherokee Sheriff's Office have their own respective budgets. Also, you say you live in a city in Kentucky--how do you know what vehicles law enforcement officials drive in Cherokee County? Just curious.
crrazytimes February 09, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Even still at the state level, how many police drive chargers? how many state officials have their car provided to them, and the cars year being newer than 06? fix your own wallet if its leaking money, dont reach into mine. Budget issues shouldn't be taken out on the PEOPLE. if you have budget issues then you need to resolve those issues without punishing everyone. GA is acting no different than the Federal government, "our spending is out of control, we just arent taxing enough"
crrazytimes March 07, 2013 at 07:17 PM
ah, yes state budget issues. They are running so low on money they are thinking of building a new Football stadium............

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