The Alabama Sheriffs Association is facing intense public backlash after they came out against Constitutional Carry.
The Alabama Sheriffs Association(ASA) claimed that Constitutional Carry would increase the amount of crime in the state of Alabama and stop individuals from obtaining permits voluntarily.
These claims by the ASA were refuted by the National Association for Gun Right(NAGR). NAGR pointed out that the states that are currently regarded as being the safest in America are also states that have implemented Constitutional Carry. The group has also retained its position that Constitutional Carry has had no impact on the acquisition of permits.
As reported by Yellow Hammer:
“For far too long the Alabama legislature has done nothing to restore gun rights which have been unconstitutionally taxed and regulated,” he added. “But we’ve made passing Constitutional Carry into law our number one priority in state legislatures all around the country — and we’ll keep lobbying in Alabama until it’s done.”
In conjunction with its lobbying efforts, the gun rights group has also taken aim at the Alabama Sheriffs Association (ASA) which has stated its public dissension to constitutional carry legislation.
“It’s sad that certain sheriffs are actually fighting against restoring gun rights to law-abiding Alabamians,” stated Brown. “Constitutional Carry laws simply recognize what we all know to be true – that the government should not force you to get a permit in order to carry a handgun.”
Constitutional Carry has been on the forefront of debate for many Republicans and 2A activists across the country; the position taken by the Alabama Sheriffs Association was taken only after Alabama Republicans promised to move on Constitutional Carry in the upcoming legislative session. Police groups have generally been against the idea of Constitutional Carry for a while now, so it should have been no surprise that these law enforcement groups are squaring off against the measure in this state.