Sheriff Sam Cochran explains the dangers of SB 286

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By Sam Cochran

Mobile County Sheriff

Senate Bill 286 was quickly forced through the Senate over the objections of every sheriff in Alabama. It is dangerous, both for police officers and citizens.

This bill denies sheriffs the discretion they now possess to prevent habitual criminals, drug users, violent offenders and mentally ill people from getting concealed carry permits. The bill ties the hands of sheriffs, allowing them to deny permits only when they know that a person will commit a gun crime. That is an impossible standard that will open the floodgates for criminals to obtain pistol permits.

This bill would require sheriffs to issue lifetime permits to anyone without a felony conviction to carry a pistol in a car. When police officers start their shifts, their families are left to wonder if they will come back home safely. If the proposed bill were to pass, their families will have to worry even more, with guns laying about on dashboards and car seats during traffic stops.

Regular drivers will be at more risk from road rage as well.

This law, if passed, will allow teenagers driving cars belonging to lifetime permit holders to carry pistols onto school campuses. Schools would be barred from checking on guns left in vehicles on campuses. Even schools with armed officers would be unable to stop a kid from going to his car to grab a gun.

This bill would even allow pro-choice protestors to carry guns when confronting pro-life advocates, setting up showdowns in front of abortion clinics in Alabama.

The Business Council of Alabama also opposes this bill. Under current law, business owners have the right to set their own policies on guns in the workplace. If this bill passes, employees will be able to show up to work with guns in their cars. Employers will be powerless to protect their workers from disgruntled employees, and they will be subject to more lawsuits in our courts.

Retailers will be put in the position of asking people openly carrying guns to leave when customers complain. That is a terrible burden to place on clerks in retail stores. If this bill passes, it is only a matter of time before a confrontation escalates out of control.

As a conservative, I am a longtime supporter of the Second Amendment. I believe that every law-abiding citizen has a right to carry a concealed pistol. I issued over 38,000 pistol permits last year, more than any single year in the history of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. I denied only a handful of permit applications, and, if you were able to see the records of those I denied, you would sleep better at night.

Please ask your representative in the Alabama House to vote against this reckless gun bill. You can contact your legislators by going to http://www.legislature.state.al.us/ .

 

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

MCSO CHECKS TWENTY-FOUR STORES FOR UNDERAGE ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE, ONLY ONE DID NOT COMPLY

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On April 9, 2013 THE MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE  worked jointly with the Alabama A.B.C.  Agents in an attempt to locate businesses in Mobile County that were selling alcoholic beverages to underage minors.  In the operation a minor, certified through the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board, was sent into twenty four stores in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages.

 

The following store DID NOT comply with Alabama State Law and sold alcohol to the underage minor:

 

  1. Gran Pac 2, 10610 Hwy. 188 Grand Bay, Al.

 

The following TWENTY- THREE stores DID complied with Alabama State Law and did not sell alcohol to the underage minor:

 

  1. Exxon, 5891 Hwy. 90 Theodore, Al.
  2. Liquor Beer Tobacco Store, 5883 Hwy. 90 Theodore, Al.
  3. Bairefields Quick Stop, 6831 Hwy. 90 Theodore, Al.
  4. Palmers Quick Stop, 8175 Hwy. 90 St. Elmo, Al.
  5. St. Elmo Petro, 9009 Hwy. 90 St. Elmo, Al.
  6. Palmers #2, 8989 Hwy. 90 St. Elmo, Al.
  7. American Oriental Market, 9091 Hwy. 90 Bldg. 2 Unit A St. Elmo, Al.
  8. Chevron, 11290 Hwy. 90 Grand Bay, Al.
  9. GB, 12646 Hwy. 188 Grand Bay, Al.
  10. Grand Bay Grocery, 12930 Hwy 90 Grand Bay, Al.
  11. Chevron Country Breeze Food Mart #5, 13320 Hwy. 90 Grand Bay, Al.
  12. Minute Mart, 12600 Hwy. 188 Grand Bay, Al.
  13. Circle K, 9440 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd. Grand Bay, Al.
  14. Shell, 9264 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd. Grand Bay, Al.
  15. TA Truck Stop, 9201 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd. Grand Bay, Al.
  16. Texaco, 9175 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd. Grand Bay, Al.
  17. C-Pac, 8755 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd. Grand Bay, Al.
  18. Rand’s Quick Stop, 12352 Old Pascagoula Rd. Grand Bay, Al.
  19. Kountry Korner, 6000 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd. Grand Bay, Al.
  20. Ruby’s Quick Stop, 10191 Old Pascagoula Rd. Irvington, Al.
  21. Doug’s #2, 8501 Old Pascagoula Rd. Theodore, Al.
  22. Chevron Circle K, 8510 Old Pascagoula Rd. Theodore, Al.
  23. Doug’s Quick Mart, 7402 Old Pascagoula Rd. Theodore, Al.
Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

8k BY THE BAY SPONSORED BY FOUNDATION OF MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE & PENELOPE HOUSE

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This Saturday, APRIL 13, 2013, THE FOUNDATION OF THE MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE & PENELOPE HOUSE is sponsoring 8K BY THE BAY.  This event is an old running event from the 1980’s that has been resurrected to take place at scenic ARLINGTON PARK on Mobile Bay next to BROOKLEY FIELD.  We invite walkers, runners, and volunteers to participate in this soon to be ANNUAL EVENT.  We will have door prizes, LIVE MUSIC, and a fun after party when race is completed.  Join us this SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013 for the  8K BY THE BAY…….Be on the look out for surprises along the route…….To Register for the race go to http://www.active.com/running/mobile-al/8k-by-the-bay-and-fun-run-2013?int=29-38

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FLOTILLA CONTINUES SEARCH

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Today, April 8, 2013, THE MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FLOTILLA has relocated their base to USCG SECTOR MOBILE.  We are continuing to run two boats from BAE systems south to the bay.  We are currently flying to the north end of bay and have the FLOTILLA AIR BOAT out running in the shallow areas.  We will continue our search today and tomorrow.  We will continue to watch weather reports for Wednesday.

 

 

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com