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Weapons carry licenses skyrocket

Probate office now a “one stop” permit shop

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Probate judge David Lindsey takes one of the last fingerprints on the outdated machine,

scheduled to be replaced.

     The number of weapons carry licenses issued in Pickens has exploded in the last five years, and even though  Probate Judge David Lindsey doesn’t think he’ll have to hire another employee, the high-volume of applications – up 178 percent since 2011 - is more than he’d anticipated.

    “We took over fingerprinting background checks from the sheriff’s office about a year-and-a-half ago,” Lindsey said. “It slowed down a little lately, but it’s been completely lined up the last few months. When we took this on, I honestly didn’t realize how time consuming it would be. Still, we’re working out the kinks and are doing okay.”
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