North Georgia judge explains gun carrying frenzy – and revenue boost
3:18 pm, January 11th, 2013
News media around the country have reported a surge of activity concerning guns since the Newtown school massacre in December. Gun stores swamped. Bullets selling so fast police can’t get enough ammo. Teachers taking firearms classes. Concealed weapons permit applications spiking up. This week, a North Georgia judge offers a thoughtful explanation of what’s going on.
White County News (www.whitecountynews.net) reporter Debbie Gilbert quoted Probate Judge Garrison Baker in this week’s edition saying that applications for license to carry concealed weapons have quadrupled since the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults.
“There are two situations where we see a spike in applications: when there’s talk of legislation that may put limits on gun ownership, and when there’s a terrible tragedy that makes people feel unsafe. With Newtown, you had both of those factors,” Baker told the weekly newspaper in the mountain town of Cleveland.
A county that normally gets eight to 10 “concealed carry” license applications a week suddenly began getting that many a day, the judge told the White County News.
The concealed carry license fee in White County is $72.25, which includes $19.25 for the background checks and $7 for the plastic cards. The other $46 is revenue for the county, Baker told the News. The application process takes 30 minutes, said the judge, who added, “Come in by 4:30.”