A budget crunch at the state level has caused the Fulton County Probate Court to increase the fee to obtain a Georgia weapons carry license.
Beginning March 1, the fee will increase from $72.25 to $79.25 when you apply for a license at the Fulton County Probate Court.
The increase is due to the Georgia Crime Information Center, a division of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, increasing the fee to perform state and federal background checks, which will rise from $37.25 to $44.25.
GBI Spokesman John Bankhead said the increase is a "budget issue."
The GBI revised increased the fees for fingerprint-based state background checks submitted for "employment, contractor or licensing purposes," according to a GCIC operations bulletin.
"These changes are a result of the significant revenue shortfalls experienced by the state of Georgia, which necessitate that GCIC recover the costs incurred in conducting fingerprint-based CHRI searches," the bulletin said.