ALABAMA (WHNT) – On Monday, Governor Kay Ivey announced Sheriff’s Grants for all 67 counties after numerous sheriff’s offices reported a loss in funds from no longer issuing as many concealed carry permits.
In 2022, legislation was passed that no longer requires Alabama residents to have a concealed carry permit. News 19 previously reported several North Alabama sheriff’s offices saw ‘revenue losses’ after the legislation took effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
Each sheriff’s office in each county will receive funds quarterly beginning in the first quarter of 2023. The amount of funds each county receives is based on the money collected by that office on pistol permit fees in 2022.
“A couple of core tenants of the Ivey Administration is that we back the blue in the strongest way possible and that we support upholding our citizens’ Second Amendment rights. As we have amended Alabama law to help our gun owners, we also worked to ensure our sheriffs received their critical funds, and I am proud that these grants will do that,” said Gov. Ivey.
Ivey says the Sheriffs’ Grants will provide them with funding for training, equipment and other needs not met by county commissions in their annual funding.
Under the Local Government Pistol Permit Revenue Loss Fund, state sheriff’s offices will need to show a loss of pistol permit funds based on figures from 2022.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will make disbursements to the sheriff’s offices based on reports collected by other state agencies.