SHERIFFS SAY PROPOSED CHANGES TO GUN LAWS CREATE PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS
PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) – A group of Alabama sheriffs say current gun laws limit their discretion in granting concealed carry permits and proposed legislation could complicate their ability to confiscate guns from those who are potentially dangerous.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Tuesday that Louisiana movie theater shooter John Russell Houser was denied a permit in that county in 2006. However, Taylor said Houser likely would have been given one under legislation passed in 2013 that says sheriffs “shall issue” concealed carry permits instead of sheriffs “may issue” them.
A proposal by Sen. Gerald Allen would allow people without permits to keep loaded guns in their vehicles. Taylor says that proposal creates public safety concerns.
Allen says public safety concerns are unfounded and Rep. Ed Henry says current regulations don’t impact sheriffs’ discretion.