An Alabama Senate committee hearing for a lifetime concealed carry permit bill is going to take place on February 26. Senator Randy Price Sponsored the Alabama Senate Bill 47 that will provide for lifetime authorization to bear firearms for qualified residents.
The bill will harmonize the statewide application procedures as well as fees. Residents over 65 years of age will pay $150, while younger residents will part with $200 for the lifetime license. Applicants can receive permits for one year, five years, or a lifetime. Despite the new changes, most aspects of the current application procedure will remain the same.
The application procedure will involve filling out application paperwork at a local sheriff where background checks will take place. Currently, sheriffs from individual counties issue the firearm permits, with each sheriff having different procedures and fees.
In addition, each sheriff maintains their own records for all authorized individuals. When the new system comes into place, all the information will be stored under a single information system to help in maintaining the records, integrating with the sheriffs' offices, as well as sharing with the law enforcement.
Law enforcement agencies will conduct background checks for individuals with concealed carry permits to ensure compliance during the lifetime of the license. Local sheriffs can request the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency to withdraw a license if the holder does not fulfill the same criteria for his or her authorization.
People whose firearm licenses have been revoked can appeal the decision in the district courts within 30 days. The state courts must report to the local law enforcement agencies why such individuals can no longer bear firearms. The bill has received endorsements from some gun rights groups who are already campaigning to have it passed.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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