Applications for gun permits increase after new law
The Navy Yard shooting sparked renewed debate about guns in America. It also has some asking questions about Alabama's new gun law, which has been in effect for more than a month.
So are we seeing an increase in the number of people applying for gun permits between the ages 18 and 20? It varies from county to county.
The state's new gun law went into effect August 1st. It allows these young people to apply for gun permits. In the past, many sheriffs offices would not issue gun permits to people under 21. However, the law changed Alabama from being a "may issue" state to a "shall issue" state.
In Jefferson County since August 1st, a total of 63 gun permits have been issued to people between 18 and 20 years old. At any given time in Jefferson County, between 55,000 and 57,000 people have active gun permits.
In Tuscaloosa county, we're told there has been a general uptick in permit orders. Where it used to take some seven days to process orders, it's now taking the sheriff's office in Tuscaloosa about thirty days. Federal law prohibits licensed firearms dealers from selling guns to people under 21.