You can stop panicking.
After the 2008 election of President Obama, rightly perceived as no friend of Second Amendment rights, gun and ammunition sales climbed. Sales jumped again in November when Obama was re-elected.
But after the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December and the ensuing debate about possible new gun restrictions, sales skyrocketed – especially for such things as AR-15 rifles and extended magazines, along with any other likely scapegoats of the blame-the-guns crowd.
All that is understandable. And it’s heartening to know that so many people are visiting the Columbia County Probate Office to apply for concealed carry permits. Good for them.
But the hard-working folks at Probate Court are a little flustered that many applicants are under the impression that a hike in license fees is coming, or that permits might no longer be issued. Not true, in either case.
Want a permit? By all means: Get one. More importantly, get training. Georgia law doesn’t require it for applicants; that’s why the permit isn’t valid in South Carolina (which does).
But first? Be patient.