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Permitless carry bill divides sheriffs, some AL lawmakers

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The permitless carry bill may be the most controversial piece of legislation for Alabama lawmakers this session. The bill would do away with the requirement to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

“It’s to protect the U.S. Constitution, the Second Amendment that is the cornerstone of this piece of legislation,“ Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, explained.

The majority of sheriffs and law enforcement seem to be against the bill, as it takes away a tool for catching criminals and endangers the public.

“It would create a major problem for our community to make sure our citizens are safe,” Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham said. “Let’s see if some of them will come out here and stand on these corners and protect these rallies and protect these parades," Cunningham added. "They are saying people can come armed.”

Senator Allen, though, the bill sponsor, said sheriffs' opposition has to do with losing fees collected from concealed carry permits.

“It’s a fee bill. It’s a taxation against the Second Amendment,” Allen stated.

The bill still must make its way through the House in order to potentially become a law.

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