Geneva County sheriff pushes to continue issuing concealed weapon permits

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GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Every year in Geneva County, the issuing of concealed-carry pistol permits brings in more than $100,000, this week, the Geneva County Commission approved a resolution to not eliminate those permits.

This is because when the 2022 Alabama Legislative Session gets underway in February, it will deal with a bill that already has been filed to eliminate the need for such concealed weapon permits statewide.

The sheriffs’ offices in each of the state’s 67 counties are responsible for issuing those permits, and the revenue often goes back into crime-fighting equipment and to the county’s general fund.

In addition, Sheriff Tony Helms says Alabama residents need a permit before carrying a weapon into neighboring Florida and Georgia.

“Us bordering Florida, one county between us and Georgia, if you want to travel into Florida or Georgia you need a permit, and if you don’t have one, you can be charged there,” Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms said.

The Alabama Sheriff’s Association is in favor of maintaining concealed weapon permits.

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