Weapons Carry Permits

Basic Requirements:
  1. Applicant must be not less than 21 years of age; unless he or she (a) is at least 18 years of age; and (b) provides proof that he or she has completed basic training in the armed forces of the United States and (c) provides proof that he or she is actively serving in the armed forces of the United States OR has been honorably discharged from such service.
  2. Applicant must be a resident of Coffee County to apply for and receive the license here;
  3. Applicant who is not a citizen of the United States must provide proof of legal presence;
  4. Naturalized citizens of the U.S. must provide naturalization certificate and original INS #;
  5. Applicant must provide picture I.D. and proof of residence in Coffee County;
  6. Applicant must not currently be on probation for any offense;
  7. Applicant must be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal and mental health records check; non citizens submit to an Immigrant Alien Inquiry through the Immigration and Naturalization Service;
  8. Applicant must not have any legal disqualification to receipt of the license. [Important: Please see the notes below concerning ineligibility of certain persons.]
     
Fees, Costs and Procedure: (A Total of $78.25 as Indicated Below)
 
  1. For first time and late renewal applicants a fee of $78.25 (cash, cashiers check, money order, debit/credit card) is payable to Probate Court at application. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED. This fee covers the following services: (1) Probate Court fee of $22.00; and (2) GAPS fee (state and federal background check) of $48.25; (3) PASP fee (permit printing) of $7.00; (4) Probate Court Judge's retirement fund fee of $1.00. If a debit or credit card is used, there is a convenience fee added in the amount of $3.00.
     
  2. As of July 1, 2014, individuals wishing to renew their Coffee County Weapons Carry License may do so without going through the fingerprinting process provided the application is made prior to expiration or within 30 days after the expiration of their current license. The cost for a timely renewal permit is $30.00
     
  3. Upon issuance of the license, the permit will be mailed to the applicant at the mailing address given at the time of applying.
     
  4. A lost or stolen license may be replaced upon payment of a fee of $6.00. A sworn statement that the license has been lost or stolen is required; if the license was stolen, the theft must be reported to the law enforcement agency where the theft occurred. The prior license will be revoked by Court order, which will be reported to the local law enforcement agencies.
     
  5. Note: There is no refund of any part of the application and other fees once the application is filed and the process has begun. [Important: Please see the notes below concerning ineligibility of certain persons.]
     
  6. . Upon receipt of the required criminal and mental health records, and the Immigrant Alien Inquiry (if applicable), those records are reviewed for the applicant's eligibility to receive a license. Any questions concerning eligibility are referred to the Judge for determination. If the applicant is determined to be eligible to receive a license, the license is issued. Note: The Coffee County Probate Court has no control over the length of time for the return of the criminal and mental health records from the F.B.I. and the G.B.I. or from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (if applicable). The Court cannot be required to issue a license until the necessary reports have been received. However, due to the usage of electronic submission equipment for background checks, the license should be issued within 3 weeks when the applicant has no record.
     
Ineligible Persons:

Under O.C.G.A. §16-11-129(b), no license may be issued to certain persons, as follows:
 
  1. Pending Criminal Charges - Any person who is a fugitive from justice or against whom proceedings are pending for any felony, forcible misdemeanor, or violations of Code Sections 16-11-126 (carrying a concealed weapon), 16-11-127 (carrying deadly weapons to or at public gatherings), or 16-11-128 (carrying pistol without license) is ineligible to receive a license until such time as the proceedings are adjudicated.
     
  2. Felony Conviction(s) - Any person convicted of a felony offense by a proper court is ineligible to receive a license, unless the person has (1) received a pardon which expressly authorizes the receipt, possession or transport of a firearm, (2) received from the Board of Public Safety relief from disabilities, or (3) been discharged from first offender probation without adjudication of guilt. The pardon, relief or discharge must be exhibited to the Court. If application is made based upon relied from disabilities, the applicant must have been free of supervision for not less than five years for non-forcible felony convictions or not less than ten years for forcible felony convictions.
     
  3. Drug Convictions - Any person who has been "convicted" of any offense arising out of the unlawful manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance or other dangerous drug is ineligible to receive a license, unless that person has been pardoned with firearms rights expressly restored.

    Also, any person who has been convicted of any misdemeanor involving the use or possession of a controlled substance and has not been free of all restraint or supervision in connection therewith or free for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of the application: (a) a second conviction of any misdemeanor involving the use of possession of a controlled substance; or (b) any conviction which would prohibit a person from possessing or shipping a firearm in interstate commerce pursuant to subsections (g) and (n) of 18 U.S.C. Section 922, (c) any person convicted of an offense arising out of the unlawful manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance or other dangerous drug, or (d) any person who has had their weapons carry license revoked by a Probate Court within the last 3 years.
     
  4. Other Convictions - Any person who has been convicted of any of the following: (1) Carrying a weapon without a weapons carry license in violation of Code Section 16-11-126; or (2) Carrying a weapon or long gun in an unauthorized location in violation of Code Section 16-11-127 and [as applied to (1) and (2)] - has not been free of all restraint or supervision in connection therewith and free of any other conviction for at least five years immediately preceding the date of the application
     
  5. Mental Health Hospitalization - Any person who has been ordered to receive inpatient or outpatient treatment in any mental hospital or alcohol or drug treatment center within five years prior to the date of the application is ineligible to receive a license, unless the Judge, in his discretion, issues the license after consideration of the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization and any recommendation by the superintendent of the hospital or treatment center where the applicant as a patient.
     
  6. Revocation of Weapons Carry License - Anyone having had his weapons carry license revoked within the last 3 years is ineligible to receive a license.

    Further, under the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. §921 et seq., any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is ineligible to receive a license, unless the person has received a pardon or relief from disabilities, and any person who has ever been involuntarily committed to an inpatient mental health treatment facility is ineligible to receive a license.