New Alabama law aimed at plague of stolen firearms

New Alabama law aimed at plague of stolen firearms

Gun Rights

Gov. Kay Ivey signs a bill to make it a felony to have a stolen gun regardless of the gun’s monetary value. Standing closest to the governor are the bill’s sponsors, Sen. David Sessions, R-Mobile and Rep. Matt Simpson, R-Mobile. Law enforcement officials say a move to increase the penalty for having a stolen gun in Alabama will be an important tool in keeping streets and neighborhoods safer and helping to prevent tragedies like those that claimed the lives of police officers this year. The Legislature passed a bill to make it a felony to receive a stolen gun, regardless of the value. Previously, the crime was only a misdemeanor if the weapon was worth less than $500. Lawmakers and Mobile city officials were at the state Capitol on Thursday for a ceremonial signing of the bill with Gov. Kay Ivey. The bill takes effect Oct. 1. Two police slayings this year exemplify the problem the law is intended to help address. Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder and Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter were killed with stolen weapons in January. Rep. Matt Simpson, R-Daphne, and Sen. David Sessions, R-Mobile, sponsored the bill. Simpson said more than 1,200 guns were stolen from vehicles in Mobile in 2018 and that other Alabama cities are fighting the same problem with thieves ransacking unlocked vehicles. “They go through these cars and they take out the weapons,” Simpson said. “They steal the guns. And they’re trafficking these guns, they’re selling these guns, they’re using […]

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