South Georgia firearm dealers say they are having a hard time keeping guns in stock, because of skyrocketing sales. Probate Judges in the area say they’re seeing increased numbers of people applying for gun carry permits.
State legislators raised the price for carry permits from $50 to $70 last year,
but that has not slowed permit applications.
Gun Dealers and judges say Georgians are concerned about crime and want to be armed to protect themselves.
This year those numbers are shooting off the charts.
Gun sales usually increase in February in South Georgia, as people receive their tax refunds, but they say it’s bigger than ever this year.
The Dougherty County Probate Court office clerks, have nearly a hundred permits waiting to be processed, working overtime to get them filed quickly.
In Dougherty County in 2011… 1,400 gun carry permits were granted.
So far this year 231, That’s on track for 2000 this year. The permits are good for five years, and Dougherty County Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson says that now, 8,000 people in this county, will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon.
“Let me just use this as an opportunity to tell criminals, that the next time you attack someone while they are emptying their garbage, or loading their groceries in the car, probably they are going to be armed, and you are going to be hurt,” Stephenson said.
Judge Stephenson said the people she sees at her office have an increased level of anger and fear about crime.
Criminals risk much more than jail time…more and more South Georgians, carrying a concealed gun, will defend themselves.
Dominique Wilkins and Diabetes
With the recent disclosure of Paula Deen’s diagnosis with Diabetes, the disease has once again come into the spotlight. Many others deal with the disease, including celebrities Patty LaBelle, Brett Michaels, Halle Berry, Larry King, and B.B. King.
In your own families, I am willing to bet there’s someone affected by the disease. Now, many of us are learning that former NBA player and current Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball, Dominique Wilkins, has been a diabetic since 2000.
Some are born with it and or/ inherit a predisposition to the disease, and for others, it’s the result of a poor diet and lack of exercise. Dominique Wilkins, will be in Albany this week, in partnership with the Dougherty County School System, Phoebe Putney’s Diabetes Care Center, and NovoNordisk Pharmacy Co. Mr. Wilkins, ambassador for Noco Nordisk, hopes to bring awareness and help the public understand how diabetes can impact a young person. He also wants to let people know that diabetics can appear to be physically fit.
The number of children being diagnosed with diabetes is alarming. The term, “epidemic” is certainly not an overstatement! According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States – that’s 8.3% of the population – have diabetes. So on Thursday, March 8th, join Dominque Wilkins at Phoebe’s Health Works Lunch and Learn. The event is free and open to the public. Get a jump on diabetes!
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.