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The Alabama Sheriff's Association is an executive level professional association comprised of the 67 elected sheriffs in Alabama, one from each county. The Association provides educational, legislative and legal assistance to the sheriffs.

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In principle, a sheriff is a legal official with responsibility for a county. In practice, the specific combination of legal, political, and ceremonial duties of a sheriff varies greatly from country to country.

The word "sheriff" is a contraction of the term "shire reeve". The term, from the Old English scirgerefa, designated a royal official responsible for keeping the peace
(a "reeve") throughout a shire or county on behalf of the king.[1] The term was preserved in England notwithstanding the Norman Conquest. From the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms the term spread to several other regions, at an early point to Scotland, latterly to Ireland, and to the United States.

Sheriffs exist in various countries:

Sheriffs are administrative legal officials similar to bailiffs in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, and Canada (with expanded duties in certain provinces).
Sheriffs are judges in Scotland.
Sheriff is a ceremonial position in England, Wales, and India.
In the United States of America, the scope of a sheriff varies across states and counties.

The sheriff is always a county official, and serves as the arm of the county court. The sheriff always performs court duties such as administering the county jail, providing courtroom security and prisoner transportation, serving warrants, and serving process. In urban areas a sheriff may be restricted to those duties. Many other sheriffs and their deputies may serve as the principal police force.

I urge all of you, either by e-mail, hand written letter, telephone call, a face to face meeting or a combination thereof, to contact your County’s Sheriff and ask him or her to not only inform you of their stance on saying “NO” to President Obama’s gun control offensive but also for their reaffirmation that they will follow his or her sworn oath and will uphold the Constitution.

My hope is, that by working with their respective state Associations as a group, they will act swiftly to bring a yes or no vote from each and every one of our Sheriffs to the floor and publicize the results. And soon.


Every Sheriff in Alabama takes the Oath of Office to support the Constitution of the United States (which includes the 2nd Amendment) and the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 (which includes Article I, Section 26).

The Sheriffs support the laws of the land, as they expect all of the citizens of Alabama to do.

This is nothing but fear mongering it its purest form! These Sheriff’s want us to think they are doctors and can say who’s mentally ill. If that is so they should be arrested for practicing without a license. The Sheriff’s want to keep Alabama yoked with the likes of Commiefornia, New York, Delaware and 7 more of the Obama States who restrict gun ownership. Since when does an “elected official” get to decide who gets to exercise their rights? They want to keep some power they never constitutionally had the right to. The people of Alabama are waking up and will hold you accountable for your actions! You can take that to the bank. The other Southern States are all Shall issue and they don’t have a problem. Why do you? You say you support the 2nd amendment but you only support it as long as YOU can control who exercises that right. Shame on you. I’ve lost a lot of faith in the Sheriff’s of Alabama after hearing that unconstitutional stuff coming from your leader. I wonder if all the sheriff’s in Alabama feel the same way. I bet not. I hope not. You must remember Sheriff, you’re not giving me a permit to carry a gun or own one. You are only giving me a permit to carry one concealed or in a vehicle. I can carry one wherever I want as long as it’s open, permit or not and you know it. Or you should. What do you hope to accomplish by standing in the way of Shall issue. Just what are your real motives? Money from permits is a big part of your budget, a part you should’ve never ever had. It’s NOT constitutional. You are in violation of the very document you took an oath to uphold.

It is one thing to deny a permit to a person that is mentally ill (as determined by a physician; not a sheriff) or who has a history of violent crime, but the sheriff in our
county denied permits to all college students. Why should a college student lose their second amendment rights while a high school drop-out can have a permit?
My permit used to say I could not carry in a place that served alcohol. I don't drink, but I couldn't carry because other people were drinking? The politics and whims of individual sheriffs need to be taken out of the process. Next election, we need to be sure to elect sheriffs who support the second amendment for
all responsible citizens.

Just to inform those who are being misled by the Alabama Sheriff's Association, this bill does not allow children to ride around with guns in their vehicle. This would still be covered under Alabama Code, Section 13A-11-76. Delivery to minors, habitual drunkards, etc.

No person shall deliver a pistol to any person under the age of 18 or to one who he has reasonable cause to believe has been convicted of a crime of violence or is a drug addict, an habitual drunkard or of unsound mind.

They do not want the people of AL to know the truth. It's always been... "Well, if the sheriff says it's law, then I guess it's law!" Well, apparently, not anymore! ... is the place where you can disprove the lies and mongering about this bill that the ASA is spreading. Section 13a 11 is what you are looking for. Look at 13a11 52. See how it contradicts every other gun law in this section? It needs to be removed!

Thanks for reporting on the gun law bill being proposed in the legislature by Sen. Beason. But how about some balance in the reporting? Interviewing only opponents of the bill like the various Sheriffs gives a one-sided view. I have read the bill and concluded that the reforms it makes are much needed, and I have contacted my legislators in support of the bill.



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