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On Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey signed the constitutional bill into law.

Alabama residents who can legally own a firearm are now allowed to conceal carry without a license anywhere a gun may be carried.

“Unlike states that do everything in their power to make life more difficult for law-abiding citizens, Alabama reaffirms our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” Ivey said. “I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do so again today.”

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office receives revenue from issuing gun licenses, according to Sheriff Joshua McLaughlin.

Although the sheriff does not anticipate an impact on public safety, he hopes to continue to generate revenue from gun permits each year, even as fewer permits are issued.

“Security wise, I don’t think it will affect us much, but funding wise, I’m sure there will be an impact. I don’t think it’s going to be as big, hopefully, as people expect,” McLaughlin said. “Because of course people still have to get a permit if they travel, and I know we live in an area where people travel regularly and so I still expect us to generate a good, good number gun licenses every year.”

McLaughlin encourages residents to continue to maintain a gun license for reciprocity if they plan to travel to another state.

Residents should familiarize themselves with the gun laws of any state they plan to visit. If a state requires a concealed carry permit, the resident will still need an Alabama concealed carry permit to legally transport within the state.

Some states with constitutional transportation laws still require out-of-state civilians to have a valid concealed carry permit to transport within the state.

Tennessee, as a constitutional transportation state, does not require Alabama residents to have a valid concealed carry permit, according to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

“I would just encourage people to always get it if they think they can travel. There are still a lot of questions about what the law actually entails; you still can’t carry to places where federal law or state says you can’t I would say $15 and the security that comes with it in case you run into a situation, or find yourself in a position where you may not have known you needed it, and if that would be best,” McLaughlin said. “Or if you just want to help fund some of the training and equipment for your sheriff’s office, that’s always nice.”

Chief Floyd Johnson of the Athens Police Department has expressed concerns about the constitutional portering law.

“I strongly support the Second Amendment. I am an officer, hunter, farmer and father. As Chief of Police, my primary concern is the safety of my department and this community. I am not totally against the new law however, I am very concerned,” Johnson said.

Johnson wonders if instituting permit requirements was originally the answer to a complex Second Amendment problem, and wonders how we should solve that problem.

“I believe the responsibility of carrying a concealed weapon or pistol should not be taken lightly. Most of our citizens are very responsible, and only a small fraction of society causes the problems we all hear about. I’m pretty sure that requiring someone to have a license and paying the government to carry a concealed gun wasn’t the best answer to a complex question at the time, and it leaves us wondering how should we handle this today? Johnson said. “As a society, I’m pretty sure we haven’t answered this complex question yet. Anyway, in January, we were turning 180 degrees, and I hope it will be for the best.

According to Johnson, about 6,000 permits were denied in Alabama last year, and now some who have been denied permits can legally conceal carrying a weapon.

“Our citizens should know that the Athens Police has never issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon. We have never collected a dime on pistol permits. Years ago the legislature gave this responsibility to sheriffs in Alabama,” Johnson said. “I read online last week where sheriffs in Alabama denied about 6,000 permits last year. I don’t claim to know the reasons the sheriffs refused the permits, but I do know that in January some of these people can legally carry a concealed gun. Do you understand now why I am worried? »

To obtain a concealed carry permit, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Limestone County. The applicant must be a US citizen and is subject to scrutiny based on criminal record and mental health history.

The application can be obtained from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

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