Saturday, March 22, 2014

Alabama Sheriff's Association fights desperately to control the unwashed masses (and to preserve their very lucrative income stream).

Readers may recall the Boss Hogg of the Alabama Sheriff's Association proclaiming "Your automobile is not your property."
Now we have this story -- Sheriff: Bill passed by Senate dangerous
Alabama residents no longer need a conceal-carry permit to transport an unloaded gun that is out of the driver’s reach in a vehicle, thanks to controversial legislation passed last year; however, the Senate this week has passed a bill that aims to change that restriction.
Sponsored by Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, and co-sponsored by Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba, SB 354 passed the upper house Wednesday night. The bill, which now goes to the Alabama House of Representatives, would allow loaded handguns to be transported in vehicles without a conceal-carry permit.
The bill is expected to draw fire from detractors who say Alabama’s law is already too unrestrictive, and Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks agrees.
“This legislation is the most dangerous thing I’ve ever seen done,” Meeks said Thursday. “I can’t believe a legislator would be so na├»ve as to think that everyone who drives around with a loaded gun is a pillar of the community.”
With sheriff’s departments statewide tasked with issuing conceal-carry permits, the loss in revenue the bill’s change could bring has been a point of contention, but Meeks says the money is the least of his worries.
Yeah, right. It's ALWAYS about the money.


Frederick H Watkins said...

Don't cops and sheriffs and deputies drive around in vehicles with loaded guns. Perhaps they are not the pillars of the communitity they think they are.

Anonymous said...

Kentucky has had this for years and the state hasn't depopulated itself. If Tennessee wasn't so full of itself we'd have this too.

Anonymous said...

I bought my 5 year permit and it chapped my ass.
$100 to boss hogg just to exercise my constitutional rights.
I am beginning to wonder what country I live in.
Thank god I don't live in Illinois though.

Miles said...

When Missouri finally passed CCW in '04, they merged two different bills.

One; was the CCW permit system and two; a bill that permitted concealed carry in vehicles without permit. Previously, vehicle carry had to be 'in plain sight'.

Many believe the concealed vehicle carry has had much to do with the smaller (although still quite large) number of CCWs issued in Missouri than anticipated. Most people merely carry in their vehicle as a matter of convenience.

Mike, I'm telling you nothing you haven't already figure out, but you have a bunch of corrupt LEOs down there.

Anonymous said...

Yeah it's all about the freeking money. What the folks in montgromery need to do is pass a law that States that CC license is free then you will really hear them Howl.

Carl Stevenson said...

Those sheriffs who would violate their constituents rights SHOULD have more to worry about than the money ... Or getting re-elected, for that matter.

Ed said...

The solution to the problem is Constitutional Carry in all 50 states and territories of the United States. No license would be required to possess a weapon of any capacity or caliber, semi-automatic or automatic, suppressed or non-suppressed, concealed or unconcealed, at home, in your automobile, or on your person. Why? Read the U.S. Constitution. No license is required to exercise your First Amendment rights, so the Second should be no different.

Under this type of system, Mr. Sheriff, his deputies and all other LEOs are safe to assume that everyone they encounter is armed.

Problem solved at low cost.

Be polite to everyone.

FrozenPatriot said...

I blame the sleeping majority and the tiny, tyrannical minority who proudly lead them quietly to slaughter. If enough people were awake and recognized 2A as sufficient as a CCW or CWP or CCP or an NFA stamp, that it had "reciprocity" in every state, and that it trumped every state and federal law pertaining to guns, CCW, CCP, CWP, NFA, SAFE, etc., ad-naseum wouldn't be of any concern.

Introducing to, and making comfortable with, those in your sphere of influence both firearms and the principles pertaining to them laid out by those who wrote our constitution and bill of rights will do more to advance this civil right than any protesting, petitioning, or lobbying.

I recently had a conversation with a 25ish woman from work -- whose dad was a cop for decades -- who had never fired a handgun. She lives by herself and, after hearing me talk calmly, but confidently about duties and responsibilities to defend ourselves(with force if appropriate), started asking questions about what would work best for her in different situations. We ended up talking for hours about types and mechanics and scenarios and responses. Most importantly, she developed a desire to go to the range and try several options in order to further her understanding and move closer to a purchase decision.

We touched on 2A and 10A and the supremacy clause and we'll have many opportunities to further that discussion and cement a proper understanding as we spend time at the LGS and range. This is the true corrective of a sound-asleep populous and, by extension, an out-of-control government.

Anonymous said...

"This is the true corrective of a sound-asleep populous and, by extension, an out-of-control government." -- FrozenPatriot

“At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that 'news' is not something that happens to other people. He might learn how his ancestors lived and that he himself is no different--in the crunch his life depends on his agility, alertness, and personal resourcefulness.” -- Robert A. Heinlein

Unknown said...

I do not see any clauses or exceptions in he second amendment.It is a god given right to defend oneself and thus anyone should have the free and unrestriced right to be armed.
From the FBI documents on innocent people being shot the police killing or maiming or shoting at an innocent person is more likely to happen than an encounter with a criminal so is the sherrif wishing to have his thugs with a badge and gun empty thier weopons on defenceless people and to try and persuade the legislative body to commit treason by outlawing the right of self protection.He needs to go to prison for sedition and treason under the 14th amendment for violating his oath of office.
The 10th amendment gives the people the exact same rights as the states,if you read the enabling act of March 1819 for the State of Alabama section 6 outlines how very little authority the stae ofAlabama actually has.

Anonymous said...

Money and POWER.

This threatens both. I'm amazed truly to find such restrictions in places like Alabama and elsewhere.

Guess I'm just too spoiled living in AZ.

I'm hoping for the day when every other state has the freedoms we do here (though of course it is not perfect and we have a few domestic enemies too).

Anonymous said...

Well, I've been to Alabama several times and fortunately I didn't leave anything of consequence behind. And I've seen pretty much all the sights there I need to, so I guess that if that 'high sheriff' is bound and determined to treat me as a second class (or maybe lower) citizen, I reckon that there are states that would more than welcome my vacation dollars......