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Moving to GA in a little over a month and looking now at the re-registering process I need to go through. I know GA State law requires permits be issues within 60 days (generally), but looking at the info from the DeKalb County website on a document from February of this year, it says "If no complications arise, your License will be mailed to you in approximately six months". (http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/probate_court/pdf/PistolLicenseInfo.pdf).

In what time frame are they actually issuing permits? And if they're blatantly defying State law by issuing in more than 60 days, is GCO or anyone else acting on this?
 

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Not sure if relocating to Dekalb might hold things up, but mine only took about 8 weeks (submitted 12/20 and received 2/14). Check out GeorgiaPacking.org for county by county advice, pointers and general overview of state laws. Good luck!
+1 on Georgiapacking.org. Their information is as accurate as anything I have found. I don't live in DeKalb, but Cobb took every bit of the 60 days. I am not aware of any counties regularly exceeding the 60 days, but I am sure there are occasional exceptions. If you are already licensed in FL and have a clean background my gut is you SHOULDN'T have any problems.

Oh, and as long as your FL license is valid, there is reciprocity between GA and FL. I have not researched the legal details, but my thought is that your FL may be valid for some period after your actual move. If so, you may be OK carrying while you wait for the new permit. I would look that up to be sure, but it is worth the time looking into.
 

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+1 on Georgiapacking.org. Their information is as accurate as anything I have found. I don't live in DeKalb, but Cobb took every bit of the 60 days. I am not aware of any counties regularly exceeding the 60 days, but I am sure there are occasional exceptions. If you are already licensed in FL and have a clean background my gut is you SHOULDN'T have any problems.

Oh, and as long as your FL license is valid, there is reciprocity between GA and FL. I have not researched the legal details, but my thought is that your FL may be valid for some period after your actual move. If so, you may be OK carrying while you wait for the new permit. I would look that up to be sure, but it is worth the time looking into.
Will check GeorgiaPacking for more details, thanks for the recommendation. My FL permit is both valid and I have a perfectly clean record, so unless they're purposely trying to prevent people getting GWPs (like I hear Atlanta PD harasses OCers, but not sure if they will anymore with US vs. Black from couple months ago) then I shouldn't have an issue I guess. But the feet-dragging is the real concern I have.

I already checked the FL-permit-while-in-GA thing. My FL permit is only good in GA until I become a resident (i.e., get my GA DL). Once I do that, even if I make my FL permit a non-res permit, GA will not recognize it since I will be a Georgian first and foremost. I think I asked that around here a while back, but if I have bad info then by all means I hope someone tells me!
 

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Interesting, yet unsurprising. Dekalb government is full of corruption. They just got busted on that teaching scandal for modifying test scores. I expect things like this to be re-occurring habitually in that area. If you bring this to the attention of GeorgiaPacking, I hope they would act on it.
 

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I already checked the FL-permit-while-in-GA thing. My FL permit is only good in GA until I become a resident (i.e., get my GA DL). Once I do that, even if I make my FL permit a non-res permit, GA will not recognize it since I will be a Georgian first and foremost. I think I asked that around here a while back, but if I have bad info then by all means I hope someone tells me!
Once you register to vote, get GA DL, etc., your FL CWFL becomes a "non-resident" license. GA may honor it for a limited period of time after establishing residency (FL allows 90 days), but your real question is: Does GA honor a FL CWFL issued to a FL non-resident"? I believe GA does, but verify that.

You also must notify FL DoAG&CS of the change in address when you move.
 

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Once you register to vote, get GA DL, etc., your FL CWFL becomes a "non-resident" license. GA may honor it for a limited period of time after establishing residency (FL allows 90 days), but your real question is: Does GA honor a FL CWFL issued to a FL non-resident"? I believe GA does, but verify that.

You also must notify FL DoAG&CS of the change in address when you move.
GA does honor FL non-res permits actually, but I wasn't aware some some states have a grace period as you mentioned FL's 90-day policy. Where would I even find that out?

Edit: Looks like I probably cannot. From GA Dept of Public Safety: "A non-resident of Georgia to whom has been issued a firearm license by a state listed above may carry a firearm while in Georgia in accordance with Georgia law..." (http://dps.georgia.gov/georgias-firearm-permit-reciprocity). Not explicit of course, though.
 

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On the Georgia Packing website, DeKalb County is listed as a county that fails to follow state law in the issuance or renewal of Georgia Weapons Licenses (GWLs).

About 2 years ago, Georgia Carry (GCO) had filed a suit against the DeKalb Police Department over delays in processing fingerprints. Since I live in Gwinnett County, that is about all the info I have about DeKalb. I believe we have a member who resides in DeKalb, and he may have more information.
 

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On the Georgia Packing website, DeKalb County is listed as a county that fails to follow state law in the issuance or renewal of Georgia Weapons Licenses (GWLs).
This is one of the reasons I am against permits being issued by SOs rather than by the state.
 

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This is one of the reasons I am against permits being issued by SOs rather than by the state.
Wholeheartedly agree - granted it was in '07 before everyone was rushing for one, but I got my FL permit in something like 7 business days.
 

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The Sheriff's Office doesn't issue carry licenses in Georgia, the Probate Court does.
The SO's only role is to transmit prints for background checks and to relay the results to the Probate Judge, who is responsible for issuing.
Still don't like it. Too much politics involved.
 

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Still don't like it. Too much politics involved.
We thought and tried to change it to the Secretary of State issuing the licenses, but that got shot down and didn't go anywhere.

There are many instances where applicants get denied, but go and have a friendly conversation with the Judge to clear up/clarify whatever the problem was..................then get issued a license. It would be hard and time consuming to try and do that with the Secretary of States office in Atlanta.
 

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Still don't like it. Too much politics involved.
While I agree somewhat, I'm not convinced that putting the state in charge of issuing licenses will be an improvement. If we had the May Issue, sheriffs adding their own rules crap like Alabama it might be the answer.
However, right now we have issues with very few of the 159 counties in Georgia. I believe that it is easier to address issues with the elected Probate Judge of those counties versus dealing with the appointed head of some state sub-agency and the endless layers of bureaucracy that would inevitably be in place.
Especially considering how badly other processes are handled at the state level.

Of course I have a very pro-gun, pro-carry Probate Judge who I see weekly and can always get hold of. I realize that many Georgians can't just call their Judge up on his cell phone if they have a problem or to see if he wants to catch lunch.
 
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