A local gun rights group met in Tuscaloosa on Monday night to discuss the status of a bill that would make gun permits optional in the state of Alabama.
BamaCarry Incorporated President Eddie Fulmer said the gun permit bill has made it to the Senate, but there's been one common misconception about this proposed law.
“If this bill passes, everybody will be able to carry a weapon. That is absolutely not true,” said Fulmer.
Senate Bill 24 would apply to folks who don't have a criminal background. Meaning if you don't have a record, this law would allow you to carry a gun without a permit in places like your car.
“The second you step in your vehicle, if you don't have a permit, you become a criminal and that's ridiculous. It's ridiculous $20 is the difference between you being a criminal and not being a criminal,” said gun owner Elizabeth Dyer.
As far as background checks are concerned, BamaCarry said a gun store would still need to run those if you don't have a permit in order to sell you a gun.
“I don't want to be stuck in a situation where somebody can attack me and I'm not able to defend myself,” said Dyer.
The group explains why they think some law enforcement agencies don't like the idea of gun permits.
“This is a cash cow for the sheriff. Some sheriff offices charge $7.50. Other counties charge $20,” said Fulmer.
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy said he doesn't support the bill because they are concerned about officer and public safety. They say this is not a money issue for them.
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