WINSTON COUNTY - State Senator Randy Price (R-Auburn) and State Representative Proncey Robertson (R-Mt. Hope) - who represents a portion of Winston County - pre-filed a bill Jan. 22, that will establish a cohesive and statewide management level process for administering and managing concealed weapons permits in the State of Alabama.
Currently, the application process and managing of applicants is different county by county. This legislation would create a streamlined process of standards for sheriff departments to implement and will be monitored by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. This bill creates a cohesive standard for background checks and will bring 21st century technology to sheriff’s departments and all other law enforcement agencies across the state. Sheriff departments will now have access to electronic information of which all levels of law enforcement will have access to. It will also require municipalities to start reporting those that are convicted of domestic violence, as well as probate judges to begin reporting individuals that have been involuntary committed. Applicants will also now have the option to apply for a concealed weapons permit for one year, five years or a lifetime permit.
“As retired police officer, I know firsthand what law enforcement officials face on a daily basis. The more information that can be provided is best for all parties. The concealed weapons permit process is a valuable tool to help citizens and law enforcement work together to protect our communities. I am a strong advocate for our 2nd Amendment rights. This will ease the current burden being placed on our law-abiding citizens and put more pressure on those who are "firearms prohibited" to follow the law. It will create a standard and transparency in our state,” said Robertson.
“I am for protecting our gun rights while demanding accountability. Every day, our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect and serve our cities, counties and communities. This bill will offer additional safety and information for them to more effectively do their jobs. As a responsible gun owner, I believe having this new information and a reliable concealed weapons permit process supports the safety both of our citizens and law enforcement without infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights,” said Price.
In the State of Alabama, it is a Class A Misdemeanor to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
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