Alabama Legislators to propose bill that would end mandatory permit requirements for concealed handguns

Alabama Legislators to propose bill that would end mandatory permit requirements for concealed handguns

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Legislators will soon debate a proposal that would end the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun in Alabama. Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, filed a bill that would repeal the requirement for a permit, according to our news partners at AL.com . The bill would not eliminate permits entirely but they would no longer be mandatory. “It’s very important for us to maintain the idea that the Second Amendment was given to personally defend ourselves, our families, our property and not be required to pay a fee or a tax,” Allen told AL.com. This is not the first time the senator has sponsored the bill. It passed the Senate in 2017, with strong support from Republicans and opposition from Democrats. But it died in the House. Police and sheriffs have been opposed to the bill for years saying the requirement for a permit is an important law enforcement tool. Bobby Timmons, executive director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association, told AL.com that opposition has not changed and they plan to request a public hearing on the bill after the legislative session begins on March 5. Timmons says though the sheriffs’ offices use the money raised by collecting the permit fees to help fund their operations, that isn’t the main reason they want to keep the requirement. “It’s not an issue we’ve ever looked at from the standpoint of revenue,” Timmons said. “We’ve looked at it more for safety.” To get a pistol permit, a […]

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