Mobile Co. lawmaker believes he’ll be able to get rid of pistol permit requirements in AL

Mobile Co. lawmaker believes he'll be able to get rid of pistol permit requirements in AL

Mobile Co. lawmaker believes he’ll be able to get rid of pistol permit requirements in AL (SBG) MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Representative Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle) says you shouldn’t have to purchase a permit to carry a concealed gun because the Second Amendment guarantees your right to do so. His “Constitutional carry” proposal would eliminate pistol permit requirements in Alabama. “Alabama is already an open carry state. You can walk outside your house with a gun on your side, as long as it’s open. If it’s wintertime, and you put a coat over it, you need a permit,” said Stringer. Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran says eliminating the requirement puts the public in danger and would take away a necessary law enforcement tool. One example, Cochran says, is the arrest earlier this year of Hezekiah Belfon. Before Belfon was wanted on five counts of attempted murder for allegedly being the triggerman in last month’s Ladd-Peebles stadium shooting, the 19-year-old was charged in May for not having a pistol permit and receiving stolen property. “Had it not been against the law for him to possess that pistol without a permit, the officers would not have had a right to seize the weapon and run a check on it to determine it was stolen,” said Cochran. “I don’t think that we alter the constitution to give law enforcement a tool,” said Stringer. Stringer says he’s been working with other lawmakers and believes he has enough support to pass his plan and get […]

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