Suppose an applicant (for a new GWL or just for a renewal) gets a notice of hearing to come to the Probate Court and face the judge to explain something on his or her criminal history. By what authority can the Probate Judge do this? Suppose the thing on the criminal history is not clearly a conviction or adjudication for an always-disqualifying offense. Suppose it's just an arrest for a crime that would be disqualifying IF a conviction for that thing were entered in the record, but NO disposition is shown? Suppose it's a conviction for a crime from some other state that the Georgia probate judge doesn't understand and doesn't want to bother looking up-- that thing called "criminal mischief 2nd Degree" out of the State of Boondock... is that a felony? Is that a drug offense? A crime of violence? Domestic of Family violence, maybe? Suppose it's a Georgia conviction for a drug crime, but the record doesn't show if it's a felony conviction or misdemeanor conviction? A LOT of felony "possession with intent to distribute" marijuana cases are later pled down to the misdemeanor offense of "poss. marijuana, less than 1 oz.". The felony version is a lifetime prohibitor, but the misdemeanor only affects GWL eligibility for 5 years after the sentence ends. How do y'all feel about GWL applicants being summoned to (well, just "notified" of ) such a hearing and having to answer questions about the details of their cases? Subsection (a) of 16-11-129 says that the judge shall investigate the applicant, but it says ".. pursuant to subsections (b) and (d) of this Code section..." 16-11-129 (b) sets the legal standards for disqualification. The only further investigations allowed, besides a criminal history background check, is that the judge may demand mental health records and could hold a hearing to determine GWL eligibility based on mental health. 16-11-129 (d) says that when the law enforcement agencies return their reports to the judge, the judge has a limited time to act to either issue the license or not, and the reasons NOT to approve the GWL would be: --facts establishing ineligibility have been reported -- the judge determines such applicant has not met all the qualifications, --- [the judge determines the applicant] is not of good moral character, -- or [the judge determines the applicant] has failed to comply with any of the requirements contained in this Code section. Subsection "d" doesn't mention any hearing to take testimony or receive further evidence through documents, either. FINALLY, the new Subsection "j" generally gives GWL applicants the right to sue for mandamus (force a government official to do something they don't want to do), OR, it authorizes the applicant (implicitly, only the applicant, not the judge or the applicant) to request a HEARING on the issue of GWL eligibility.