Weapons Carry License applications and renewals suspended in Stephens County and throughout Georgia

Gun owners in Stephens County, and throughout the state of Georgia, will not be able to renew their Weapons Carry License, nor will new applications for Weapons Carry Licenses be accepted, until further notice.

Probate Courts across the state of Georgia will temporarily suspend acceptance of applications for Weapons Carry Licenses and Renewal Weapons Carry Licenses pursuant to an Order issued by Chief Justice Harold Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia declaring a Judicial Emergency.

“This does not affect your right to carry pursuant to the Constitution if you do not have a Georgia Weapons Carry License,” Stephens County Probate Judge Glenda Ernest stated.

For gun owners who currently have a Weapons Carry License that is coming up for renewal, your licenses will not expire during the suspension period.

“If you are due to renew during the Emergency period, your license will not expire. Chief Justice Melton’s Order essentially pushes “PAUSE” on all deadlines created by law or rule,” Ernest explained. “Therefore, you will still be able to renew after the Emergency ends and your current license will remain valid until that time. Presently, that date is April 13, 2020. If that date is extended, further order will issue.”

Once the Emergency order has expired, license holders whose license was scheduled to expire during the suspension of licensing activity will have 30 days from the day licensing begins again to renew their licenses.

In addition to the suspension of applications and renewals for Weapons Carry Licenses, several other changes are being implemented for processes and services offered by the Stephens County Probate Court as a result of precautions ordered in response to COVID-19.

For guardianship-related business, all activities except those deemed to be an emergency are suspended until further notice. Anyone with a guardianship concern that is an emergency should contact the probate office by phone at (706) 886-2828 to schedule an appointment.


Two-party affidavits are also being handled for emergency cases only; and those seeking a two-arty affidavit should contact the Probate office to arrange an appointment. For non-emergency cases, forms can still be filed, but they will not be acted on until the emergency notice is lifted, Ernest said.

Similarly, anyone wishing to get a marriage license or vital record is urged to call the probate office first.

“The purpose is not to have a gathering of people, that is why they want us to try and schedule appointments with people, so there is not ever a crowd of people in the office,” she explained.


The state of Georgia makes no distinction between open and concealed carry with respect to knives. So, again, any knife with a blade 12 inches long or less is legal to carry open or concealed without a license. For knives with blades longer than 12 inches, you need a weapons carry license. (https://hobanco.com/)


Probate Court Original jurisdiction in the probate of wills and administration of decedents’ estates is designated to the probate court of each county.

Probate judges are also authorized to order involuntary hospitalization of an incapacitated adult or other individual, and to appoint a legal guardian to handle the affairs of certain specified individuals. Probate courts issue marriage licenses and licenses to carry firearms.

In counties where no state court exists, probate judges may hear traffic violations, certain misdemeanors, and citations involving the state game and fish laws. Many probate judges are authorized to serve as the county elections supervisor; they also administer oaths of office and make appointments to certain local public offices. In counties where the total population exceeds 90,000, the probate judge must be a licensed attorney who has practiced law for seven year.


Section 16-11-129. Weapons carry license; gun safety information; temporary renewal permit; mandamus; verification of license

Section 16-11-126. Having or carrying handguns, long guns, or other weapons; license requirement; exceptions for homes, motor vehicles, privateproperty, and other locations and conditions


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