Alabama is making changes to its gun law.
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes met with the Kiwanis Club today to answer questions about some of the changes to the law.
The new gun law took effect Aug. 1. It says those 18 to 21-years-olds can get a gun permit and now, you can get permit in increments of one to five years.
You can also open carry but if you get into a vehicle and are carrying your weapon openly on your side, it's considered concealed in the State of Alabama and you must have a pistol permit.
Hughes along with gun and pawn shop owners say sales are up, and shop owners say people want that extra sense of security to be prepared for any situation.
Assistant manager of Pawn City said, “I had a lady come in the other day saying somebody tried to cut a hole in her back fence and tried to come in her back door and came in here wanting to buy a shot gun so she could protect her and her daughter."
Hughes also says local law enforcement tries to talk to every 18 to 21-year-old applying for permits about the responsibilities of carrying a gun.
To find out more information about Alabama’s new gun law, you can visit the Attorney Generals website for the State of Alabama.