FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Sheriffs across Alabama have been experiencing revenue shortfalls as early as January of this year, leading up to Gov. Kay Ivey signing into law a bill that will no longer require handgun owners to have a permit for their firearms beginning Jan. 1.

The pistol permit revenue may make up a small amount in a sheriff’s total budget, but that money is typically used for the purchase of additional equipment, training and sometimes vehicles.

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