GOA, GOF Sue ATF After Alabama NICS Exemption Reversal

GOA and other pro-2A groups are suing the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives over recent actions concerning the NCIS and Alabama. IMG NRA-ILA

Springfield, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) are suing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for its reversal of a letter which had previously recognized that holders of Alabama concealed carry permits (CCP) are exempt from a National Instant Check System (NICS) background check when purchasing a firearm.

While Federal law allows Alabama CCP holders to avoid the NICS check, the ATF released a “Public Safety Advisory” which instructs Alabama federal firearm license (FFLs) holders to “no longer accept CCP permits as an alternative to a NICS check.” ATF claims that, because certain ATF sheriffs have allowed a few ineligible people to obtain CCPs, the exemption for the entire state is now revoked.

The GOA/GOF suit explains the legal problems with the ATF’s position:

“Federal law – not ATF — explicitly exempts those with Alabama concealed carry permits from the NICS requirement. Alabama law clearly qualifies for the federal exemption, and the existence of one or two bad apples does not give ATF a blank check to start revoking states’ CCP exemptions.”

Erich Pratt, Senior Vice President of GOA and GOF, stated,

“This is an example of the dangers of requiring government preclearance to exercise God-given rights. When the ability to purchase a firearm is left up to the whims of unelected bureaucrats, our rights are no longer rights — but mere privileges.”

Erich Pratt, or another GOA/GOF spokesperson, is available for interviews. Gun Owners of America, and its sister organization Gun Owners Foundation, are nonprofits dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.


Gun Owners of America GOA logoGun Owners of America spokespeople are available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over two million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.

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Dan Griffin

I didn’t see this article mention Michigan and Michigan Open Carry being the first to sue the BATFE over this same thing this year. The GOA is joining us in that lawsuit. Please try to be more thorough in the future.


Came here to comment on Michigan too, thanks for keeping us on peoples minds!

Deplorable Bill

“The RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” A grade school kid has command of what this says and means. RIGHTS are not privileges. Rights, RIGHTS, are not things that can be legislated, revoked, delayed or denied. Anyone who thinks or does otherwise is evil under BIBLICAL law and is criminal under constitutional law. The atfe should be disbanded and held accountable for every RIGHT they denied, every second class citizen they and their lawyers made, every weapon they stole, every person they assaulted and person they murdered. Murder does not have a seven… Read more »



uncle dudley

If the ATF feels a few sheriffs gave out CCP license’s to what the ATF considers people not eligible to have them, then the ATF should have went after those sheriffs.
Sounds like they are trying to change how things are done in Alabama, another case of unelected idiots putting their will over lawful gun owners.


ATF needs to abolished.


Camotim . . . YUP!!! I am ON BOARD WITH THAT!!!


If it’s a “Public Safety Advisory”, then why would anyone honor it? Since when is an advisory deemed a law? Definition of advisory/Merriam-Webster 1: having or exercising power to advise an advisory council 2: containing or giving advice Advisory opinions adjudicate nothing and are not binding, though courts sometimes cite them as evidence of the law. Federal courts in the United States will not issue advisory opinions, but such opinions are issued occasionally by a few state courts and routinely by the attorneys general of the various states upon the request of the governor, legislators, or other state officials. And… Read more »


Same reason so many people pay any attention at all to an illegally funded, unaccountable bureaucracy. Fear. ATF and now E has gained more alphabet letters and crazy insane budgets carved out of tax payer dollars. Which they use to harass, threaten, steal property at gun point, and outright murder. Making the whimsey of presidents such as illegal bump stock bans come to fruition. The ATF and now E, who brought us WACO, and Ruby Ridge must be abolished yesterday!


KDude: Thre are quite a few Government departments that need to be erased. But the BATFE is the only one I can see that has committed outright murder. The actions at Ruby Ridge and Waco were a direct result of lies by the BATFE. Many false convictions of innocent people are in their history. They have a habit of changing or changing the interpretation of rules when the accused is in mid trial. Anything they do can be done better and at lower cost to the taxpayer by other already existing divisions of the Government. They are responsible to no… Read more »


@SOLB, And after they are disbanded, they need to be tried for not adhering to the Constitution.


BATFE . . . The Jack Booted Thugs of America! BATFE = Gestapo = KGB = FBI . . . etc., etc.; etc! The BATFE are one of the MAIN SUPRESSORS of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States! The BATFE needs to be DISBANDED!!!


BATFE, dangerous jokes with a badge. The bottom of the barrel of Law Enforcement at any level. Even mall cops have more professionalism and integrity than the BATFE and are more trustworthy and honest. If you can’t meet the minimum qualifications for a school crossing guard, then you are exactly what BATFE is looking for in a Special Agent with a fast track to supervisor.


JPM . . . Unfortunately, The BATFE is not a joke! If you insist on your constitutional right to keep and bear arms wherever you go, the BATFE WILL KILL YOU!!!


A “DANGEROUS joke”. From a law enforcement point of view and a constitutional point of view, BATF is a farce and a joke to any and all real LEOs across this nation. Just ask one.


Ask any LEO at any level. The claim by BATF to be professional law enforcement and to have the respect of any law enforcement agency at all levels IS a joke. The agency itself and it so-called special agents are a DANGEROUS joke.

Deplorable Bill

@ J.P.M. “The RIGHT of the people TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” Your picture is worth a thousand words! Of course this also goes for any other government official who swears their oath and then does not live up to it or disavows it. They ALL deserve to sit on ole sparky.

Arm up, carry on.


The GOA is a no nonsense, never compromising organization. They are doing more than the NRA as far as law suits against corrupt government rules and unconstitutional actions by the criminal BATF.
No slick magazines or million dollar buildings, just action.
They are more than worthy of your support !


A little more background here would be nice. Just how did Alabama CCP holders receive this “permission”? How can other states do the same? Why AREN’T other states doing the same?! If you pass a CCP background check, then you pass an NICS check. Its the same thing. Hell, if you pay the ATF the FEE to purchase an SBR or a suppressor, that check is WAY more intense! That right there should preclude you from any further/additional checks when purchasing ANY firearm! But I’d settle for the “exemption” with a CCP because I’m not paying an additional $200 FEE… Read more »

Ryben Flynn

Michigan had their exemption revoked because Carry Permits were being issued to marijuana users who cannot legally own a firearm under Federal Law as a Prohibited Person.


Even better, before we here in Michigan voted for recreational Marijuana, we had medical Marijuana. If you possessed a card for MM, as I did, you were deemed to be a chronic Marijuana user, and the BATFE declared you unable to purchase firearms. I am on disability due to a couple of chronic conditions, which cause considerable pain, and I have not been able to get relief using other methods. Due to the drug war, it is pretty difficult to get a doctor to prescribe narcotic pain medication for any length of time, in the dosages needed for my condition.… Read more »


@Jac337 – Depending upon exact information disseminated that could qualify as doxing which would be wrong. Inclusion of official contact info would be both proper and useful though.