“The Sheriff Office Association feels that each sheriff of their county has a pretty good feel for their constituents and their county and who should and should not have a permit,” said Sheriff Taylor. “That goes beyond just running a background check and seeing who has a felony in their background.
“We know things that the computer can’t tell us. We know things about our citizens. We know who’s going through a divorce. We know who’s in a bad time, who may be drinking too much, who may be abusive, but hasn’t necessarily crossed the line of a crime. But in our opinion, they don’t need a pistol permit.”
Thankfully, the Alabama legislature is smarter than Sheriff Heath Taylor (a typical Democrat) and the rest of the Alabama Sheriff Office Association. “Knowing things” is not probable cause to violate or deny citizens’ rights based solely on your opinion, Sheriff. If you actually respected the United States Constitution and the laws of the State of Alabama, you’d shut up and enforce the law rather than crying about your inability to make it up as you go!