Alabama lawmakers take sides in national debate over gun rights

Alabama lawmakers take sides in national debate over gun rights

Matt Kearns takes two AR-15’s from the wall display to show a customer at Birmingham Pistol Wholesale in Trussville in this photo from December 2012.(Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com) JOE SONGER Republican lawmakers in Alabama have introduced a half-dozen bills this year to block state and local authorities from enforcing any new federal restrictions on gun rights that might be coming down from Washington. The Alabama legislation has not drawn much attention but that could change. The mass shootings in Atlanta and Colorado that left 18 people dead have caused President Biden to issue new calls for gun control, including a ban on assault weapons and stricter background checks on gun sales. In addition to Alabama, Republicans in many states are sponsoring bills to try to negate any new gun restrictions approved by Congress and the Biden administration, the Associated Press reported. “Now is the time for conservatives to plant our flag for the cause of freedom and push back on any and all proposals that seeks to limit the 2nd Amendment,” Rep. Wes Allen, a Republican from Troy, said in an email response to questions about his bills to block federal gun control laws. Federal courts blocked laws passed by some states to nullify federal laws during the Obama administration, the AP reported. Rep. Merika Coleman, a Democrat from Pleasant Grove, said bills that seek to block federal law with state law are more show than substance. “Some of that to me is more theater,” Coleman said. “Oftentimes on both sides […]

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