Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck turn heads with routine courthouse visit

Tuesday, September 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

HINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ Just because Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez aren't doing much of anything doesn't mean they're not making news.

Hollywood's most overexposed couple set gossip pages aflame anew on Monday when they popped into a south Georgia courthouse near Affleck's island home.

But apparently it was a gun license, not a marriage license, that the on-again, off-again super couple was seeking.

``Affleck wanted to know where he could apply for a gun permit,'' said Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin, who mugged for a photo before sending the couple down the hall to the probate court.

The appearance has unleashed a horde of paparazzi and celebrity reporters onto the small town of Hinesville, where a court clerk verified Tuesday morning _ apparently not for the first time _ that the couple did not apply for a marriage license.

The pair, whose recent film ``Gigli'' bombed after abysmal reviews, had planned to marry Sept. 14 before abruptly calling off the wedding. It would have been the third marriage for Lopez, 33, and the first for Affleck, 31.