The U.S. Department of Justice issued a Public Safety Advisory about Alabama federal firearms licenses.
The statement listed a change due to some county sheriffs issuing permits without completing a full NICs check. Reports said firearms have been transferred to felons and other prohibited individuals which is a violation of federal laws. According to Coffee County Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth, in order to receive a permit in Coffee County, background checks are required.
“Anyone that comes in for a permit, we require to run them just like we did to begin with because from the time they got it they could have been convicted of a crime since then,” said R.W. Whitworth, Coffee County Chief Deputy.
Any person in violation of Alabama’s license to carry a pistol law may be arrested and/or fined $500.