AL.com - Sheriffs shouldn't profit off our Second Amendment exercise
My wife at the gun range.
Imagine if an Alabama politician introduced legislation that required citizens to pay a fee in order to attend church. He or she wouldn't be a politician for very long. Why? We wouldn't take kindly to government turning a profit off our exercise of constitutional rights embodied in the First Amendment.
Our reaction shouldn't be any different when it comes to the Second Amendment. Gerald Allen's SB24 embodies that sentiment. Among other changes, the legislation would repeal certain restrictions on carrying a firearm without a permit.
That has many sheriffs across Alabama concerned about the consequences of the bill on law enforcement. "The pistol permit is a tool used by law enforcement to quickly screen an occupant of a vehicle or a person stopped in investigative detention to determine if they are lawfully allowed to possess a concealed handgun," wrote Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning.
The other consequence of repealing the permit requirement is lost revenue to sheriff's offices. According to Al.com's Brendan Kirby, the permit fees range from $7.50 to $30 per year across Alabama's counties.