In those two days alone, the court received 156 applications for concealed-carry permits, while those days of the week usually see no more than 40 requests each, Wolk said.
On a related note, at least one county resident questioned why the county rents space at the Civic Center and Jim R. Miller Park for gun shows — including one set for this weekend.
Show promoters pay a base fee for use of the facility and equipment, and afterward pay 10 percent of their gross admissions.
The county has taken in more than $73,000 this year from 12 gun shows, county officials said. In 2011, it took in just under $70,000. Cobb actually has had to regulate the frequency of gun shows due to promoter demand, said Terrence Ramsey, manager of the county’s recreation services division.
“The county has been having gun shows for a long time,” Ramsey said. “We had so many requests for gun shows that we had to put time frames in.”
The income from all rentals of county facilities goes into the general fund, he said.
Tammy Clabby, a retired television journalist who lives in Marietta, said she called county and state leaders to find out why gun shows are allowed at county-owned properties and what would prevent such a show from being held in a school.
She endorsed President Obama’s comments Wednesday that the issue of assault weapons and high-count magazines must be addressed.
“I don’t want to take everybody’s guns away,” Clabby said. “I understand the desire to have weapons. But you have to have common sense here. It is not common sense to allow these assault weapons out there.”
Raymond Johns, a show organizer with Eastman Gun Shows Inc., which will host a show Saturday and Sunday at Jim R. Miller Park and another one Jan. 5 to 6 at the Cobb Civic Center, said sales of firearms nationwide have increased since Friday’s mass shootings in Connecticut.
“Anytime there’s talk of banning certain kinds of weapons, sales go up because people believe they won’t be able to get them anymore,” Johns said.
Eastman, he said, tries to have only federally licensed gun sellers at its shows, because those sellers are required to do background checks on all buyers. The only loophole that allows buyers to bypass a background check is through a person-to-person sale, Johns said.
Johns said he believes guns “have a place in the world.”
“When someone uses them for the wrong reason, I don’t think it’s right to blame it all on the guns. Some guns, maybe we don’t need. But I don’t think it’s right for someone to tell me I can’t have this, if it’s legal. I can’t tell a smoker or an alcoholic that they can’t have those products, because they’re legal,” Johns said.
As for the concealed-carry permits, Probate Judge Wolk said 71 applications came in on Monday — the first business day after Friday’s devastating school shooting in Connecticut — and 85 were submitted on Tuesday. A “normal” Monday or Tuesday usually sees 30 to 40 permits to carry a concealed firearm, she said.
Wolk said there is a traditional bump in applications around Christmastime, but not to this extent.
Since Jan. 1, her office has processed 7,379 applications. In 2011, there were 5,841 applications in Cobb. The high water mark of recent years came in 2009, when 8,197 concealed-weapons permits were sought in Cobb, Wolk said.
Permits cost $72.25 and take four to six weeks for processing of fingerprinting and background checks. The permits, which are good for five years, now feature the individual’s photo, she said.
Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, said sales of all kinds of firearms at his store have been very busy.
“It’s in direct result of Christmas, an anti-gun administration in the presidency and the (Connecticut) shooting, all at one time,” Wallace said.