Firearm permits on record pace in Ga. county

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
A South Carolina lawmaker is working to change weapons permit laws. (WRDW-TV)

A South Carolina lawmaker is working to change weapons permit laws. (WRDW-TV)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Residents in a suburban Atlanta county are seeking permits to carry firearms at a higher pace than ever before.

Authorities say Gwinnett County Probate Court has received more than 4,500 weapons carry applications through April 10 -- a pace that could mean more than 16,000 applications submitted by the end of the year.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the record for applications in a year is 8,300, which was set last year.

Probate Judge Christopher Ballar has asked county commissioners to add $39,000 to his budget so he can hire four temporary part-time employees to help process the paperwork over the next six months.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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