News Release: Probate Court of Cook County
ADEL – On Thursday night, through a maze of amendments, the General Assembly passed House Bill 60 which addresses several issues pertaining to Georgia’s gun laws. Beside the additions to where you can carry a weapon, HB 60 also makes some changes with regards to the weapons carry licensing process.
Cook County Probate Court Judge Chase Daughtrey noted the legislation will now provide for an individual to obtain a weapons carry license under the age of 21 if they are at least 18 years of age, provide proof that he or she has completed basic training in the armed forces, and provides proof they are actively serving in the armed forces or have been honorably discharged from such service.
A major change that applicants could see is the elimination of being fingerprinted when they seek to renew a weapons carry license. “Currently, if you have already been issued a weapons carry license and seek to renew the license after five years, you have to be fingerprinted again at you local sheriff’s office. Under HB 60, you would only be required to be fingerprinted when you initially apply for the weapons carry license.” stated Judge Daughtrey.
Even though these changes have passed both the House and Senate, the bill will need the Governor’s signature before becoming law.
“Over the coming weeks, the probate courts will determine the exact processes in which we handle renewals of weapons carry licenses and we will hopefully know if there will be any adjustment in the price of the license. The GBI and the local sheriff still have the authority to charge for their processing services in HB 60.” Judge Daughtrey said.
HB 60 also included a procedure for how the probate courts handle those applicants who have been diagnosed with any mental health issues as well as those applicants who have had their weapons carry license revoked in the past.