My Experience in Fulton County

Discussion in 'Ga. County Licensing Information' started by rfbrownson, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. rfbrownson

    rfbrownson New Member

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    Getting a Georgia Firearms License

    I applied for my GFL in Fulton county on Wednesday Dec. 06 2006 about
    60 days before my current license expired (Feb. 17 2007). I figure since
    the license process says it takes about 60 days or less that this would be
    enough time. Also Fulton County does not provide a "Temporary License",
    even for those that already had a valid license.

    This will be my third time to get a GFL. I and my wife received our first GFL
    back in 1997 and then again in 2002. Each of these times it took us only
    about 6 weeks (42 days) to receive our permits.


    ---------------75 Days later-----------------------------------------------

    On Feb. 19, 2007 I called "Miss Mayes" (404-730-4640) of
    "Fulton County Probate Court" and once I told her when I applied which was
    in Dec. 2006 she gave me the run around that I could forget about looking
    anything up until 4 to 6 months has passed. That it was taking that long
    due to the new law.........

    So I called "Cheryl" (404-244-2639 ext.2) at "GCIC" and she looked up mine
    and my wife records since we both applied the same day. She indicated that
    she just got the fingerprints in on Feb. 14 2007.

    But more bad news it seems that both of our fingerprints are bad, the image
    was not good. So they will be returning them back to Probate Court. She
    said wait about a week or so and call the "Fulton County Probate Court",
    they will then instruct me to come back in and most likely redue the entire
    process over again, since all forms and dates have to be dated with
    the same date...

    Remember this is the same people that fingerprinted me and my wife that
    also fingerprints the people that have committed a crime.

    Who would of guess that this would become so complicated....

    My question is where has the fingerprints been all of this time ?
    Over 60 days just for the fingerprints to arrive at "GCIC". My last
    two times that I applied for the license each time the total process took
    between 42 and 60 days. One of those times was 10 years ago the last time
    was 5 years ago. You would have thought with technology and efficiency
    that it would be faster today.

    ---------------106 Days later----------------------------------------------

    It is now Mar. 22, 2007 and I still have not heard from the Probate Court yet.

    So I called "Miss Mayes" (404-730-4640) of
    "Fulton County Probate Court" and once I told her when I applied which was
    in Dec. 2006 she gave me the run around that I could forget about looking
    anything up until 4 to 6 months has passed. Same answer as before.

    So I called Joyce Manns (404-730-5700) at Atlanta PD to find out
    what is the status on my permit. She indicated that she has not gone through
    a stack of results back from the "GBI" and "FBI" yet, and it may be in there.

    Sounds kind of fishy to me since I was told back on Feb. 19 2007 by "Cheryl"
    at "GCIC" that the fingerprints where bad.

    ---------------152 Days later----------------------------------------------

    It is now May 07, 2007 and I still have not heard from the Probate Court yet.

    So I called "Miss Mayes" (404-730-4640) of
    "Fulton County Probate Court" and once I told her when I applied which was
    in Dec. 2006 she gave me the run around that I could forget about looking
    anything up until 4 to 6 months has passed. Same answer as before. I told her
    that it has been 6 months now.

    So I called Joyce Manns (404-730-5700) at Atlanta PD to find out
    what is the status on my permit. She indicated that she has not gone through
    a stack of results back from the "GBI" and "FBI" yet, and it may be in there.

    So I fired off a email to my Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe with the
    details from above.

    ---------------153 Days later----------------------------------------------

    It is now May 08, 2007 I received a email response back from Commissioner Tom
    Lowe.

    I apologize for the confusion and delay. Let me get with some people
    here at Fulton County to see about this. Give me 24 hours.

    ---------------155 Days later----------------------------------------------

    It is now May 10, 2007 I received a letter from the Fulton County Police
    Department explaining to me that me and my wife figerprints where bad.
    For us to come down town within 30 days to get our fingerprints redone.
    That there would be no extra charges for this. If we did not show up
    within 30 days then our rejection letter would be sent to Probate Court.

    ---------------162 Days later----------------------------------------------

    It is now May 17, 2007 I and my wife went downtown to get our fingerprints
    done at the Fulton County Police Department. She was able to get 8 of
    my wife fingerprints done using the digital machine. Two took but where bad.
    She said as long as they have 7 fingers then it was good. We will see.

    My turn. She was able to get only 6 of my fingers done with the digital
    machine. The other 4 she tryed about 4 times each but it kept failing.
    So here comes the old ink machine. They took all 10 fingers twice with
    the old ink machine. The only problem is you do not know if the ink
    fingerprints are good or not until the GBI/FBI evaluates them.

    She explain that they would send the fingerprints to the GBI/FBI for
    background check.

    --------------- 281 Days later----------------------------------------------

    It is now Sept. 13, 2007 and I still have not heard from the Probate Court
    yet.

    So I called Joyce Manns (404-730-5700) at Atlanta PD to find out
    what is the status on my permit. She indicated that my was sent back
    to "Fulton County Probate Court" on about the end of August.
    My wife permit they where still waiting on the "GBI" something about
    a problem with the fingerprints again.

    So I called "Miss Mayes" (404-730-4640) of "Fulton County Probate Court"
    and she said that my permit was mailed to me on Sept. 12 .

    --------------- 285 Days later ---------------------------------------------

    It is now Sept. 17, 2007 and I received my permit today. It was officially
    stamped on August 23, 2007 as the effective date.

    Still waiting for my wife permit.


    --------------- 297 Days later----------------------------------------------

    It is now Sept. 29, 2007 and my wife received her permit today. It was
    officially stamped on Sept. 19, 2007 as the effective date.
     
  2. kkennett

    kkennett New Member

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    Wow, you are a patient man indeed. That is simply beyond the pale.
     

  3. ptsmith24

    ptsmith24 New Member

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    Wow that's a long time... WAY too long...
     
  4. Boy Racer

    Boy Racer New Member

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    I would have written to my county representative and/or congressional representative waaay before the 150-day mark. In fact, I have written to both of them. And both times it was prior to the 150-day mark.

    People - write letters! Make those who would otherwise not know, knowledgeable. Let them know there's a problem and we're respectfully asking them for their assistance.

    Anyway, to the OP: Glad you got your papers.
     
  5. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    Re: Getting a Georgia Firearms License

    They do now!

    :D

    Go, go, GCO!