The Alabama Firearms Act of 2013 was signed by Gov. Bentley in May, 2013, thus the effective date should be (at the latest) 08/01/2013.
This long overdue law changed Alabama's system of issuing concealed carry weapon's permits (pistol permits in Alabama) from near total discretion by each Alabama County Sheriff (May Issue) to the control by the Alabama Legislature under a set of rules and regulations prescribed by the legislature. If the Sheriff fails to Act properly or fails to act within 30 days, a direct appeal lies to the District Court in which the sheriff is located.
Sheriff's were denying permits based of applications that contained questions such as "Have you ever seen a psychologist or psychiatrist?" or "Are you currently having trouble with anyone?" Have you ever been arrested for drugs or Alcohol?
Additionally, there seemed to be a troubling trend that IF the applicant was 25 or younger and not employed he was subject to increased sheriff scrutiny. Statistically, more minorities under 25 are unemployed than are whites (also more are victims).
If an applicant was employed and between 21-25 he/she had to inform his/her employer of his intention to apply for a permit. Can you see the reaction should you work for say, Dell Computers, are 24, and tell them you are applying for a pistol permit? I am sure a gold star gets put by your name.
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