Has anyone had issues with open carry in Madison County Al? Several years ago, I was approached by a Madison County sheriff's deputy. I was carrying concealed, but he must have seen the barrel when I went to get out of my car. He took my pistol, unloaded it, and ran my license to ensure that I wasn't a criminal. He then gave my pistol back and told me I couldn't carry openly in Alabama, so make sure it stayed covered. I am concerned about pointing out the law for fear of losing my concealed permit by a vengeful Sheriff.