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Gun permits surge 63 percent in Forsyth County

Range sees more enthusiasm from customers, patrons

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February 12, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Doug Clayton, owner of Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club and Indoor Range, said he is selling everything he gets his hands on.

"We sell just about everything that comes in the door," Clayton said. "It's rare that we get things that go on the shelves for retail."

At Bulls Eye Marksman, 6190 Parkway North Drive in Cumming, shooting classes are being offered and filling up fast. Every day, new people are coming in as well as regulars honing their skills.

"A lot of new people," Clayton said. "We have a lot of people just curious about getting started."

That enthusiasm has not slowed at the Forsyth County Probate Court and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Last month there were 890 permits issued compared with 252 issued in January 2012.

According to public records on data kept by the sheriff's office, there has been an increase of 63.5 percent, or 1,293 concealed gun permits, from 2,029 in 2011 to 3,322 last year.

Records show that in 2008 weapon permits were at 1,176. In 2009, that jumped to 1,947 and in 2010, the number of county residents getting their weapons permits dropped to 1,662.

Concealed gun permits have been so popular lately that there's about an eight-week backlog for county residents trying to obtain their firearms license, county officials said.

Permit applications for firearms licenses are handled through probate court and background checks and fingerprinting takes place at the sheriff's office special services, Suite 225, 475 Tribble Gap Road in Cumming, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

A permit can be obtained for $67.25 and must be renewed every five years.

Many in the community say they speculate that the reason behind the run on guns is the possibility of stricter gun control laws.

President Barack Obama has planned to introduce universal background checks for all gun buyers, a renewal of the ban on assault weapons and restrict the capacity of ammunition magazines, along with new school safety and mental health programs that were brought to the forefront after the Connecticut school massacre in December.

There were 237 concealed permits issued in December 2011 compared to 673 in December 2012.

"Many comments have been made by the Obama administration that has led people to become fearful of losing their right to bear arms," said Karleen Chalker, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. "Some individuals have said it is a safety issue after the Connecticut shootings and after the reporting of home invasions in the metro-Atlanta area and nationwide."

Hailey Hudson, of Forsyth County, said she would like the gun law to get tougher on criminals. Hudson bought her husband a gun for Valentine's Day.

"My husband hunts," Hudson said. "Sometimes, it's how we get our food."

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Stats for weapons permits in 2011 and 2012 indicates an increase of 1,293, which is up 63.5 percent for the year of 2012.

1/1/11 - 154 1/1/12 - 252

2/1/11- 206 2/1/12 - 291

3/1/11- 215 3/1/12 - 251

4/1/11- 145 4/1/12 - 202

5/1/11- 118 5/1/12 - 202

6/1/11- 132 6/1/12 - 141

7/1/11- 125 7/1/12 - 296

8/1/11- 202 8/1/12 - 248

9/1/11- 166 9/1/12 - 146

10/1/11- 190 10/1/12 - 302

11/1/11- 139 11/1/12 - 318

12/1/11- 237 12/1/12 - 673

Total - 2,029 Total - 3,322

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    Gun Laws
    February 15, 2013 | 06:29 AM

    This is a good trend for several reasons. First concealed carry is a good way to reduce crime. Murder and Rape are down 35% since the 1996 concealed carry law and assaults are down 42%. Second, the local Sheriff's are bound to enforce state law, which means the rights of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Third, it is good for businesses that make arms.

    Buy another gun today.

    Bill Evelyn
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    February 15, 2013 | 01:33 PM

    ok i'm having problem getting my permit to carry...I had a record from years ago,went through the process to get ALL my rights restored, including the right to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS,,but when i put in for my permit to carry,,(before I even went and bought my very first side arm from a gun store)I was told even though i have ALL MY RIGHTS BACK I CAN'T HAVE A PERMIT BUT I AM ABLE TO GO AND PERCHES a fire arm with no problem.something is wrong here

    Kenny Jammes
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    February 21, 2013 | 08:43 PM

    No offense Kenny, but until you can spell PURCHASE, maybe you shouldn't have a gun. Just saying.

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