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Alabama: Sheriffs Attempting to Kill Lifetime Permit Option

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Alabama: Sheriffs Attempting to Kill Lifetime Permit Option

Your NRA has learned that a number of Alabama sheriffs are attempting to derail House Bill 39 and Senate Bill 47, NRA-supported bills to provide a lifetime option to Alabama’s concealed carry permit holders.  We’ve heard that the Alabama Sheriffs Association (ASA) and individual sheriffs from across the state have been in Montgomery hammering your legislators to kill these important bills.  The choice of which option is best for your self-defense needs should be YOURS, not theirs.  Please click the “Take Action” button below or call 334-264-7827 to contact the Alabama Sheriffs Association (ASA) and also call your individual sheriff at their office number below provided by the ASA.  (Please do not call their emergency or dispatch phone numbers.)  Respectfully tell them that you, as a law-abiding gun owner, want the lifetime option and they need to stop undermining your right to self-defense! 

SB 47 and HB 39 create a new statewide, uniform system to provide lifetime permits for qualified applicants at a cost of $200.  For state residents over 65, the fee drops to $150.

Permit holders don’t need to be reminded that Alabama’s exemption to the NICS background check was stripped last summer after an investigation revealed serious irregularities in the permitting process of several sheriffs over a number of years.  Instead of acknowledging how their actions undermined the self-defense rights of permit holders, however, the sheriffs are trying to kill the lifetime option bills.

The ASA has even gone so far as to sponsor House Bill 308, a bill that creates a new “repository” of all concealed carry permits, along with the personal information of permit holders, to be administered by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  It doesn’t provide a lifetime permit and it doesn’t make the permit application process any easier.  This bill was introduced for one purpose and one purpose only – kill the lifetime permit bills that are gaining support day-by-day in the legislature.

The unfortunate truth is that many sheriffs don’t believe they answer to the law-abiding gun owners of their counties.  Over the years, these sheriffs, along with the ASA, have thwarted all attempts to streamline and modernize the permitting system.  They refuse to recognize your right to protect yourself and your loved ones.  Every year, they spend countless hours in Montgomery finding ways to sabotage bills that are introduced to protect and promote our rights.  Once again, they’re in Montgomery to kill NRA-supported bills which advance your firearms freedom. 

It’s time we stood together and said enough is enough.  Please use the information here to contact the ASA and your sheriff to let them know that you want a lifetime permit and strongly oppose HB 308 and their continued games to protect the status quo.

Autauga County: Sheriff Joe Sedinger, (334) 361-2500, acso@autauga.com

Baldwin County: Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack, (251) 937-0210, hmack@baldwincountyal.gov

Barbour County: Sheriff Tyrone Smith, (334) 775-1128

Bibb County: Sheriff Jody Wade, (205) 926-4683, jwade@bibcosoal.org

Blount County: Sheriff Mark Moon, (205) 625-4127, suggest@blountsheriff.org

Bullock County: Sheriff Raymond "Buck" Rodgers, (334) 738-2670

Butler County: Sheriff Danny Bond, (334) 382-6521, sheriffbond@camelliacom.com

Calhoun County: Sheriff Matthew Wade, (256) 236-6600, sheriff@calcoso.org

Chambers County: Sheriff Sid Lockhart, (334) 864-4333, sheriff.lockhart@chamberscountyal.gov

Cherokee County: Sheriff Jeff Shaver, (256) 927-3365, info@cherokeecountyalsheriff.com

Chilton County: Sheriff John Shearon, (205) 755-4698

Choctaw County: Sheriff Scott Lolley, (205) 459-2166

Clarke County: Sheriff Ray Norris, (251) 275-8132

Clay County: Sheriff James Studdard, (256) 354-2176, sheriffstuddard@clayso.net

Cleburne County: Sheriff Dennis Green, (256) 463-2277

Coffee County: Sheriff Dave Sutton, (334) 894-5535, info@coffeeso.us

Colbert County: Sheriff Frank Williamson, (256) 383-0741, info@colbertsheriff.net

Conecuh County: Sheriff Randy Brock, (251) 578-1260

Coosa County: Sheriff Michael Howell, (256) 377-4922, office@coosaso.com

Covington County: Sheriff Blake Turman, (334) 428-2641, blake.turman@covcounty.com

Crenshaw County: Sheriff Terry Mears, (334) 335-4850, crenshawsheriff@gmail.com

Cullman County: Sheriff Matt Gentry, (256) 734-0342, cullmansheriff@cullmansheriff.org

Dale County: Sheriff Wally Olson, (334) 774-2335, info@daleso.com

Dallas County: Sheriff Michael Granthum, (334) 874-2530, dallascoso@dallascounty-al.org

DeKalb County: Sheriff Nicholas Welden, (256) 845-3801, info@dekalbcountysheriff.org

Elmore County: Sheriff Bill Franklin, (334) 567-5546, contacts@elmoreso.com

Etowah County: Sheriff Jonathon Horton, (256) 546-2825 

Fayette County: Sheriff Byron Yerby, (205) 932-3205

Franklin County: Sheriff Shannon Oliver, (256) 332-8811, info@franklinsheriff.org

Geneva County: Sheriff Tony Helms, (334) 684-5660, info@genevacountyalsheriff.org

Greene County: Sheriff Jonathan M. "Joe" Benison, (205) 372-3242

Hale County: Sheriff Kenneth W. Ellis, (334) 624-3081

Henry County: Sheriff William Maddox, (334) 585-3131

Houston County: Sheriff Donald Valenza, (334) 677-4882

Jackson County: Sheriff Chuck Phillips, (256) 574-2610, info@jacksoncountysheriffal.org

Jefferson County: Sheriff Mark Pettway, (205) 325-5700, info@jeffcosheriffal.com

Lamar County: Sheriff Hal Allred, (205) 695-7470

Lauderdale County: Sheriff Rick Singleton, (256) 760-5756

Lawrence County: Sheriff Max Sanders, (256) 974-2410

Lee County: Sheriff Jay Jones, (334) 737-7022, lsco@leecountysheriff.org

Limestone County: Sheriff Mike Blakely, (256) 232-0111, info@limestonesheriff.com

Lowndes County: Sheriff Christopher West, (334) 548-2151

Macon County: Sheriff André Brunson, (334) 724-0669

Madison County: Sheriff Kevin Turner, (256) 532-3413, mcsoinfo@madisoncountyal.gov

Marengo County: Sheriff Richard E. "Ben" Bates, (334) 295-4208

Marion County: Sheriff Kevin Williams, (205) 921-7433, info@marionsoal.com

Marshall County: Sheriff Phil Sims, (256) 582-2034, marshallso@marshallco.org

Mobile County: Sheriff Sam Cochran, (251) 574-7827, lstrange@mobileso.com

Monroe County: Sheriff Thomas Boatwright, (251) 575-2963

Montgomery County: Sheriff Derrick Cunningham, (334) 832-1646

Morgan County: Sheriff Ron Puckett, (256) 351-4800, publicrelations@morgancountysheriffal.gov

Perry County: Sheriff Billy Jones, (334) 683-6534

Pickens County: Sheriff Todd Hall, (205) 367-2000, info@pickenscountyalsheriff.org

Pike County: Sheriff Russell Thomas, (334) 566-4347, pcso@pikecountyalsheriff.com

Randolph County: Sheriff David Cofield, (256) 357-4126

Russell County: Sheriff Heath Taylor, (334) 298-6535

Shelby County: Sheriff John Samaniego, (205) 669-4181, sofacebook@shelbyso.com

St. Clair County: Sheriff Billy Murray, (205) 594-2140, info@stclairsheriff.org

Sumter County: Sheriff Brian Harris, (205) 652-2841

Talladega County: Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore, (256) 362-2748

Tallapoosa County: Sheriff Jimmy Abbett, (256) 825-4264, tallapoosacounty.sheriff@gmail.com

Tuscaloosa County: Sheriff Ron Abernathy, (205) 464-8501

Walker County: Sheriff Nicholas Smith, (205) 302-6464

Washington County: Sheriff Richard Stringer, (251) 847-2202

Wilcox County: Sheriff Earnest Evans, (334) 682-4715, sheriffevans@frontier.com

Winston County: Sheriff Horace Moore, (205) 489-8765

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