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Public Statements by the Attorney General determining not to file suit under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3(f)

Under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3, the Attorney General investigates formal complaints about violations of Alabama’s firearms law by state government entities.  The statute also empowers him to compel compliance by filing suit.  If the Attorney General determines not to file suit, he must publicly state why.  Past public statements are available below.  For more information, or to access the formal complaint form, click here.

Number

Statement

 Date

2017-015 A petitioner alleged that the City of Huntsville failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Von Braun Center. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, it was determined that City meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.2 to prohibit the possession of firearms. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

05/10/2017
2017-014 A petitioner alleged that City of Huntsville failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

05/10/2017
2017-013 A petitioner alleged that the Town of Locust Fork failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Locust Fork Community Park. After the Attorney General communicated with the Town, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

05/03/2017
2017-012 A petitioner alleged that Montgomery County failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Wayne Enzor Park. After the Attorney General communicated with the County, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

04/19/2017
2017-011 A petitioner alleged that the City of Sulligent failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at Sulligent City Park. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs were replaced. Because the new signs are complaint with Alabama law, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

04/19/2017
2017-010 A petitioner alleged that the City of Homewood failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at City Hall. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were replaced. Because the new signs are complaint with Alabama law, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

04/18/2017
2017-009 A petitioner alleged that the City of Trussville failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Trussville Public Library. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

04/17/2017
2017-008 A petitioner alleged that the Lawrence County Commission failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms on the premises of the Lawrence County Judicial and Administrative Center, which includes the Courthouse. After the Attorney General communicated with the Commission that firearms can only be prohibited in the building, the Commission removed the language prohibiting firearms on the premises of the Courthouse. Because the Commission is complaint with Alabama law, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

03/31/2017
2017-007 A petitioner alleged that the City of Selma failed to comply with Alabama law because it did not post a sign prohibiting firearms at City Hall. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were posted. Because the signs are posted, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

03/28/2017
2017-006 A petitioner alleged that the City of Bessemer failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at City Hall. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

03/13/2017
2017-005 A petitioner alleged that the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (“HABD”) participates in a gun buyback program. An investigation by the Attorney General’s office determined that HABD is not currently participating in a gun buyback program and does not intend to participate in a gun buyback program or event in the future. Because HABD is compliant with Alabama law, the Attorney General has determined no further action is required.

02/17/2017
2017-004 A petitioner alleged that the City of Birmingham failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Birmingham Zoo. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

02/16/2017
2017-003 A petitioner alleged that the City of Homewood failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at both the Homewood Public Library and the Homewood Community Center. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

01/30/2017
2017-002 A petitioner alleged that the Lee County Sheriff’s Office failed to comply with Alabama law by issuing pistol permits that include incorrect language. A sheriff may revoke a pistol permit for any reason that could lead to the denial of a permit pursuant to Alabama Code Section 13A-11-75(a)(2)(a), and wide discretion is afforded to a sheriff in determining who is and who is not suitable for a pistol permit. The Attorney General has determined that the Sheriff of Lee County is not promulgating or enforcing any orders, ordinances, or rules in violation of Alabama law and that no further action is required.

01/27/2017
2017-001 A petitioner alleged that the Alabama Department of Labor failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at its non-rural Career Center locations around the state. After the Attorney General communicated with the Department of Labor, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

01/06/2017
2016-050 A petitioner alleged that the Sheriff of Perry County prohibited citizens from openly carrying firearms in Perry County. After the Attorney General communicated with the Sheriff of Perry County, it was determined that the Sheriff does not require citizens to have pistol permits in order to openly carry firearms in Perry County. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

12/19/2016
2016-049 A petitioner alleged that the City of Bessemer failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited weapons at the Bessemer Public Library, as well as City parks through Municipal Code 82-26. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Bessemer, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed from the Bessemer Public Library. The City stated is has not enforced the ordinance prohibiting firearms in parks within the city limits and that it will “not enforce the ordinance in the future.” The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

12/16/2016
2016-048 A petitioner alleged that the City of Weaver failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Public Works Department. The petition was construed to include City Hall as well. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Weaver, it was determined that the City meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.2 to prohibit the possession of firearms at City Hall. The City removed the signs prohibiting firearms at the Public Works Department. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

12/16/2016
2016-047 A petitioner alleged that the City of Oneonta failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at City Hall. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Oneonta, it was determined that City meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.2 to prohibit the possession of firearms. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

11/18/2016
2016-046 A petitioner alleged that the Waterworks and Sewer Board of the City of Selma failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the Waterworks and Sewer Board of the City of Selma, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

11/03/2016
2016-045 A petitioner alleged that the City of Birmingham failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Birmingham, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Language prohibiting firearms on the Ruffner Mountain website was also removed. Because the signs and language on the website are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

10/24/2016
2016-044 A petitioner alleged that the Birmingham Airport Authority failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited weapons in the taxi driver break room at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. After the Attorney General communicated with the Birmingham Airport Authority, it was determined that the Birmingham Airport Authority meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3 to prohibit the possession of firearms in the taxi driver break room. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

10/14/2016
2016-043 A petitioner alleged that the Alabama Department of Human Resources (“DHR”) failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at its Blount County location, as well as other locations around the State. After the Attorney General communicated with DHR, it was determined that DHR meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.2 to prohibit the possession of firearms. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

10/14/2016
2016-042 A petitioner alleged that the Alabama Department of Labor failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at its rural Career Centers across the state. After the Attorney General communicated with the Department of Labor, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/21/2016
2016-041 A petitioner alleged that the City of Southside failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Southside Community Center and City of Southside Library. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Southside, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed from the City of Southside Library. It was determined that the Southside Community Center is permitted to prohibit the possession of firearms because it is not open to the public without reservation. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/20/2016
2016-040 A petitioner alleged that the City of Selma and Dallas County failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibited firearms at Old Cahawba State Park, Paul M. Grist State Park, City of Selma Public Works, Dallas County Shop, Dallas County Water & Sewer Authority, District Engineer of the Alabama Department of Transportation, and North Dallas County Water Authority. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Selma, the Alabama Historical Commission, and the Dallas County Commission, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed from the City of Selma Public Works, Old Cahawba Park, the Dallas County Shop, Dallas County Water & Sewer Authority, and the North Dallas County Water Authority. The Alabama Department of Transportation meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3 to prohibit the possession of firearms at the Dallas County District Engineer Office. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is permitted under State Parks Rule 220-5-.08 to prohibit firearms except by “lawfully licensed persons for personal protection, provided, the handguns are not used for any unlawful purpose.” The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/20/2016
2016-039 A petitioner alleged that the City of Birmingham failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at City Hall, City Libraries, and Vulcan Park & Museum, as well as language prohibiting weapons on the websites of the Birmingham Public Library and Vulcan Park & Museum. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Birmingham, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed from the City Libraries, and language from the Birmingham Public Library website was removed. The City of Birmingham meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3 to prohibit the possession of firearms at City Hall. The City also provided clarification that there are no signs in place at Vulcan Park & Museum and that the language on the website is “not meant to carry any threat of enforcement.” The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/20/2016
2016-038 A petitioner alleged that the City of Huntsville failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Optimist Recreation Center. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Huntsville, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/20/2016
2016-037 A petitioner alleged that the Town of Snead failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at Snead Town Hall, Snead Public Park, and Senior Citizens Center. After the Attorney General communicated with the Town of Snead, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/16/2016
2016-036 A petitioner alleged that the City of Huntsville failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at Davidson Center for the Arts. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Huntsville, it was determined that the Davidson Center for the Arts meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3 to prohibit the possession of firearms. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/16/2016
2016-035 A petitioner alleged that the Town of Baileyton failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at Baileyton Town Hall. After the Attorney General communicated with the Town of Baileyton, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/16/2016
2016-034 A petitioner alleged that the City of Rainbow City failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Rainbow City Recreation Center and Rainbow City Community Center and Library. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Rainbow City, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

09/16/2016
2016-033 A petitioner alleged that the Town of Blountsville failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at Blountsville Utility. After the Attorney General communicated with the Town of Blountsville, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

08/23/2016
2016-032 A petitioner alleged that the City of Clay failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at public parks and the city library. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Clay, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

08/11/2016
2016-031 A petitioner alleged that the Trussville Civic Center failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Trussville, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

08/08/2016
2016-030 A petitioner alleged that the Bessemer Civic Center failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Bessemer, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

08/08/2016
2016-029 A petitioner alleged that the Tuscaloosa Public Library failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the Tuscaloosa Public Library, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/28/2016
2016-028 A petitioner alleged that the City of Tuscaloosa failed to comply with Alabama law because it enforced Tuscaloosa Municipal Code Chapter 7, Article X on Guns and Ammo, LLC in violation of Alabama Code § 13A-11-61.3(a). After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Tuscaloosa, it was determined that the City of Tuscaloosa is permitted under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3(g)(4) to enforce a law of general application. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/28/2016
2016-027 A petitioner alleged that the City of Birmingham failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at Boutwell Auditorium and Railroad Park. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Birmingham, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/28/2016
2016-026 A petitioner alleged that the City of Clay failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at City Hall. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Clay, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/28/2016
2016-025 A petitioner alleged that the Town of Ariton failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited weapons at the Ariton Sports Complex. After the Attorney General communicated with the Town of Ariton, the signs prohibiting weapons from the portions of the Ariton Sports Complex which are owned by the Town of Ariton were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action required. The signs may remain on the portions of the Ariton Sports Complex which are owned by the Dale County Board of Education because of reasons stated in Attorney General’s Opinion 2014-044. Because the Town of Ariton and Dale County Board of Education are compliant with Alabama law, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/08/2016
2016-024 A petitioner alleged that the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Bobby Miller Activity Center. After the Attorney General communicated with the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/07/2016
2016-023 A petitioner alleged that the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited weapons at the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority. After the Attorney General communicated with West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority, it was determined that the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3 to prohibit the possession of firearms. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/07/2016
2016-022 A petitioner alleged that the Jacksonville Housing Authority failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited weapons at the Jacksonville Housing Authority. After the Attorney General communicated with Jacksonville Housing Authority, it was determined that the Jacksonville Housing Authority meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3 to prohibit the possession of firearms. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

05/17/2016
2016-021 A petitioner alleged that the City of Hoover failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibited firearms at the Moss Rock Preserve, Hoover Park and Recreation Facility, Hoover Public Library and Hoover Municipal Center. After the Attorney General communicated with the City of Hoover, the signs prohibiting weapons from the Moss Rock Preserve and the Hoover Public Library were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is warranted. The City of Hoover confirmed that the signs prohibiting weapons remain at the Hoover Park and Recreation Facility because there are physical barriers, guards, and controlled access to the facility. The signs may also remain at the Hoover Municipal Center because of the presence of a police station “inside the building.” Because the City of Hoover has authority under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.2 to prohibit weapons in these buildings, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is warranted.

06/02/2016
2016-020 A petitioner alleged that City of Mountain Brook failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at city owned parks. After the Attorney General communicated with City of Mountain Brook, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/01/2016
2016-019 A petitioner alleged that City of Madison failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Bradford Creek Greenway. After the Attorney General communicated with City of Madison, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/01/2016
2016-018 A petitioner alleged that City of Moulton failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Moulton Recreational Facility/Community Safe Shelter. After the Attorney General communicated with City of Moulton, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

06/01/2016
2016-017 A petitioner alleged that the City of Irondale failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited weapons at the Irondale City Hall and Irondale Public Library. After the Attorney General communicated with the city attorney, the City of Irondale removed the signs prohibiting weapons from the Irondale Public Library. It was determined that the Irondale City Hall meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.2(b) to prohibit the possession of firearms. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

05/17/2016
2016-016 A petitioner alleged that City of Center Point failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Center Point City Hall . After the Attorney General communicated with City of Center Point, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

05/16/2016
2016-015 A petitioner alleged that Montgomery Regional Airport failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms outside of secured areas of the airport. After the Attorney General communicated with Montgomery Regional Airport, the airport promised to remove the signs. Because the signs will be removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is necessary.

04/21/2016
2016-014 A petitioner alleged that Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms outside of secured areas of the airport. After the Attorney General communicated with Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is necessary.

04/18/2016
2016-013 A petitioner alleged that Parnell Memorial Library in Montevallo failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the library. After the Attorney General communicated with Parnell Memorial Library, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is necessary.

04/18/2016
2016-012 A petitioner alleged that the City of Homewood failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at City parks. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

04/11/2016
2016-011 A petitioner alleged that the Town of Newton failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Newton Water Department. After the Attorney General communicated with the Town, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

03/30/2016
2016-010 A petitioner alleged that the City of Abbeville failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Abbeville Senior Center. After the Attorney General communicated with the City, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

03/17/2016
2016-009 A petitioner alleged that the Town of Eva failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Shorty Ryan Park and Eva Senior Center. After the Attorney General communicated with the Town, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

03/17/2016
2016-008 A petitioner alleged that the Department of Public Health failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at various locations throughout the state. After the Attorney General communicated with DPH, DPH removed the signs prohibiting firearms. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

02/29/2016
2016-007 A petitioner alleged that the Department of Human Resources failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited weapons at the Lawrence County office. After the Attorney General communicated with DHR, it was determined that the Lawrence County office meets the requirements under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.2(b) to prohibit the possession of firearms. The Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

02/29/2016
2016-006 A petitioner alleged that various sheriffs across the state failed to comply with Alabama law because they issue pistol permits that include incorrect language which purports to limit the permit’s “scope or applicability.” It appears some sheriffs are still using old cards to issue pistol permits because they have not received new cards. Because sheriffs know that they should not enforce any printed language on an outdated permit if it would violate Alabama Code § 13A-11-75(c) and no such restriction has been enforced, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

02/29/2016
2016-005 A petitioner alleged that the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the city attorney, the City of Daleville removed the signs prohibiting weapons from the building. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

02/08/2016
2016-004 A petitioner alleged that the City of Vestavia Hills failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at Wald Park, Liberty Park Sports Complex, Little Shades Creek Park, Vestavia Hills Athletic Complex Cahaba Heights, Byrd Park, and Shallowford Park. After the Attorney General communicated with the city attorney, the signs prohibiting firearms were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required. 

 02/08/2016
2016-003 A petitioner alleged that Decatur Utilities failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with Decatur Utilities, it removed the signs from the temporary facility while its permanent facility is being renovated. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required. No determination was made about whether the signs previously posted at the temporary facility were lawful or whether such signs may be posted at the permanent facility.

 02/08/2016
2016-002 A petitioner alleged that the E.T. Sims, Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building and surrounding parks failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the city attorney, the City of Hamilton removed the signs prohibiting weapons from the building and parks. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

01/06/2016
2016-001 A petitioner alleged that the Dallas County Commission failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibited firearms at the Selma & Dallas County Chamber of Commerce. After the Attorney General communicated with the Commission, the signs prohibiting weapons were removed. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required. The petitioner also objected to the “legality of the language written on the signs themselves.” Because these signs have been removed and because a sheriff’s discretionary decision to provide signs to his constituents is not an “order, ordinance, or rule” subject to a complaint under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3(f)(1), the Attorney General has determined that no further action is required.

01/06/2016
2015-009 A petitioner alleged that the Mobile County Sheriff failed to comply with Alabama law because he required pistol permit applicants who are under the age of 21 to submit additional paperwork. The law does not give the Attorney General authority to review a sheriff’s pistol permitting decision. Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3(g)(8) expressly states that it “shall not be construed to prevent … [a] sheriff of a county from acting on an application for a permit under Section 13A-11-75.” The law also allows a sheriff to investigate persons who apply for permits. For these reasons, the Attorney General will not file suit.

12/08/2015 
2015-008 A petitioner alleged that the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center, the Joe T. Smitherman Historic Building, the Walton Theater, the St. James Hotel, Selma City Hall, the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, the Larry D. Stripling Performing Arts Center, the Central Alabama Animal Shelter, the Selma Interpretive Center, and the Selma City Ceramic Art Program failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the city attorney, the City of Selma removed the signs prohibiting firearms. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General will not file suit. The petition also alleged that the Dallas County Sheriff failed to comply with Alabama law because he included restrictions on pistol permits. After the Attorney General communicated with the Dallas County Sheriff, the Sheriff agreed to remove the restrictions from the permits. Because the Dallas County Sheriff’s pistol permit is now in compliance with state law, the Attorney General will not file suit.

12/08/2015
2015-007 A petitioner alleged that the Shelby County License Office, the Shelby County Tax Commissioner Office, the Shelby County Administration Building, and the James Alfred Jones County Services Building failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the county attorney, the Shelby County Commission removed the signs prohibiting weapons from the Shelby County License Office, the Shelby County Tax Commissioner Office, and the James Alfred Jones County Services Building. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General will not file suit. The Shelby County Commission confirmed that the signs prohibiting weapons remain at the Shelby County Administration Building, which is an official Courthouse Annex. Because the Shelby County Commission has authority under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.2 to prohibit weapons in a courthouse annex, the Attorney General will not file suit.

11/03/2015
2015-006 A petitioner alleged that Brantley School was in violation of Alabama law by posting signs prohibiting firearms, and suspending petitioner from school functions and property for violating the no firearms policy. Because the Crenshaw County Board of Education has authority under Ala. Code § 16-1-24.1 to prohibit weapons, the Attorney General will not file suit.

10/07/2015
2015-005 A petitioner alleged that McKelvey Park and Creation Plantation Park failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibited firearms. After the Attorney General communicated with the city attorney, the City of Dadeville removed the signs prohibiting weapons from both parks. Because the signs are removed, the Attorney General will not file suit. The petitioner also alleged that Councill Middle School was in violation of Alabama law by posting signs prohibiting weapons. Because the Tallapoosa County Board of Education has authority under Ala. Code § 16-1-24.1 to prohibit weapons, the Attorney General will not file suit.

10/07/2015
2015-004 A petitioner alleged that the Lawrence County Sheriff failed to comply with Alabama law because he included restrictions on pistol permits.  After the Attorney General communicated with the Lawrence County Sheriff, the Sheriff agreed to remove the restrictions from the permits.  Because the Lawrence County Sheriff’s pistol permit is now in compliance with state law, the Attorney General will not file suit.

 7/29/2015
2015-003 A petitioner alleged that the Moulton Recreation Center and H.A. Alexander Park failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibited firearms.  After the Attorney General communicated with the mayor and city attorney, the City of Moulton removed the signs prohibiting weapons. Because the center and park are now in compliance with state law, the Attorney General will not file suit.

7/29/2015
2015-002 Multiple petitioners alleged that the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) failed to comply with Alabama law because it prohibits firearms at rest stops. The Attorney General determined that his enforcement authority under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3(f) is limited to actions by political subdivisions.  Because ALDOT is a state agency and does not fit within the definition of “political subdivision” in Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3(b)(6), the Attorney General will not file suit.

7/29/2015
2015-001 A petitioner alleged that Auburn University and the University of South Alabama failed to comply with Alabama law because they prohibit firearms on campus.  The Attorney General determined that his enforcement authority under Ala. Code § 13A-11-61.3(f) is limited to actions by political subdivisions.  Because universities are public corporations, not political subdivisions, the Attorney General will not file suit.

7/29/2015