Four agencies? What is she talking about?
First of all, the probate court is to ask the local law enforcement agency to do the checks. There is nothing in the law about the probate court doing any checks itself.
Those checks are GCIC (which is the GBI), see O.C.G.A. 16-11-129(d)(1). This same subsection says that the law enforcement agency (this is the department that took your fingerprints) should request a check of FBI records (NCIC). Of course, this is done by the law enforcement agency submitting them for the first check to GCIC, which automatically forwards them on to NCIC. So it is really doen all in one check.
The local law enforcement agency is also to check NICS. This is also an FBI system, and it is an instant background check (the exact same system that is used when you buy a firearm). See O.C.G.A. 16-11-129(d)(2). So this involves no new agency.
That is everything. No more checks are performed. That is it unless you are an alien, in which case there is one more check to be performed. I am assuming you are a United States citizen.
Now, the probate court could not have been talking about the (d)(2) check, because that is instant
. It would have come back the same day you were fingerprinted (within minutes, really). The (d)(1) fingerprint check involves only GBI and FBI. That means two agencies, not
four, but even then it is only one
check that the local law enforcement agency performs and then gives a report to the judge.
Oh! But guess what? The statute says:
The law enforcement agency shall notify the judge of the probate court within 50 days, by telephone and in writing, of any findings relating to the applicant which may bear on his or her eligibility for a license or renewal license under the terms of this Code section. When no derogatory information is found on the applicant bearing on his or her eligibility to obtain a license or renewal license, a report shall not be required. The law enforcement agency shall return the application and the blank license form with the fingerprint thereon directly to the judge of the probate court within such time period.
See O.C.G.A. 16-11-129(d)(4).
The judge then has an additional ten days (i.e., not later then 60 days after the date of application) to issue the license. Id.
Pretty simple, really.
But, hey, this is just the law
. Does the law bind our government? Or just you?
Has it been 60 days?
I have a suggestion for you. You can check to see when the fingerprints were forwarded to the GBI by getting your ORI number here
. Then call GCIC and ask about the status of your fingerprint check. Ink fingerprints run about 7 days (not weeks, not months) and electronic Livescan fingerprints take only a few minutes (seriously). This will reveal if what the probate court tells you is the truth, or a lie.
Somebody is not being truthful with you.
Is it me, or is it the probate court?
Which one gave you the tools to find out the truth?
Which one just made statements without giving you any way of checking up on whether what they said is true?
Did the probate court even give you the date the fingerprints were sent off to the GBI?