Governor Ivey Signs Bill lowering DeKalb County Pistol Permit Price
Earlier today (Wednesday, May 29, 2019), Governor Kay Ivey signed into law Alabama Senate Bill 284 (House Bill 433) which would lower the pistol permit price in DeKalb County from $25 to $15. The new price will be effective at 8:01 am tomorrow (Thursday, May 30, 2019).
The pistol permit price for DeKalb County was set by a local bill passed in Montgomery in 1991, and to change the price it required passage of a bill in this spring’s legislative session. Since taking office on January 1, 2019, Sheriff Welden has lobbied to reduce the price in keeping with his campaign promise.
This led to Senator Steve Livingston (R- Scottsboro) and House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter (R – Rainsville) carrying bills in the house and senate to reduce the price. Sheriff Welden was notified this afternoon that Governor Ivey signed the bill in to law.
The bill also sets the price for active first responders (police, firefighters, and EMS) with a department identification or a letter from their department head as $1 per year. Senior citizens 62 years of age and older are also eligible to continue receiving a permit for $1 per year.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the bill passage: “One main goal since taking office has been reducing the permit price. Due to the price being set in the Alabama Legislature, it took some time to get the bills passed in Montgomery.”
“We’re also proud to offer the permits to first responders for a dollar. This day in age, our first responders need to be able to defend themselves, as any emergency call can be dangerous,” he said.
“I’d also like to thank Senator Steve Livingston and Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter for helping us get this done. They were extremely helpful in getting the price reduced,” he added.
“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.