CENTRE, Ala. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver has joined a group of law enforcement officials voicing displeasure with a proposed gun law working its way through the state Legislature.
Shaver told the Cherokee County Post Senate Bill 286 would allow non-U.S. Citizens to receive pistol permits, repeal prohibition of guns in many public places and grant permission to carry pistols on private property — which would be against the wishes of the property owner.
“I don’t know of any sheriff who wants to take anyone’s guns away, but I also don’t know of one who supports this bill,” Shaver told the Post.
Shaver says his chief complaint is the proposal could establish local boards to determine whether a sheriff’s denial of a concealed weapons permit was appropriate.
Shaver says lawmakers may not realize the consequences of the proposal because they did not discuss it with law enforcement officials beforehand.
“As far as I know, the legislators did not call any sheriffs and ask their opinions,” Shaver told the Post. “This state already has some of the nation’s most lax gun laws. I just don’t feel like [legislators] are listening to us on this bill. They don’t realize the consequences.”
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