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Limestone Co. authorities review updated gun laws

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Blakely said he and his deputies will sit down with the district attorney to go over the new rules and how to enforce them. Blakely said he and his deputies will sit down with the district attorney to go over the new rules and how to enforce them.
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LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Limestone County Sheriff is getting up to speed on new gun laws this week.

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, several states are passing more restrictive gun laws.  That is not the case in Alabama, where the rules for gun owners are being loosened.

From the process involved with issuing concealed weapons permits to the training of deputies, Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said his office has a lot of changes to work out before the new gun bill becomes law.

One major change, people will be allowed to carry guns in their cars to the workplace - loaded and within reach for those with concealed weapons permits; unloaded, locked away out of reach for those who don't.

Blakely said he and his deputies will sit down with the district attorney to go over the new rules and how to enforce them.

"There's 10 different sections of the Alabama code that this particular bill changed, so there's several things my officers will have to be brought up to snuff on," Blakely said.

Another change, gun owners can apply for a five-year permit instead of going back to renew every year. That means the sheriff's office must create a program to let them know when a licensed gun owner is convicted of a crime.

"We're going to have to do a better job of making sure we do background checks, not only when we issue them, but make sure we have some sort of software in our computer that where someone gets arrested, it will notify us so that permit can be revoked," said Blakely.

The new gun law also changes the denial of concealed permit applications. A sheriff's office now has to submit reasons why the permit is denied. The applicant will have 30 days to appeal the decision.

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