Permitless carry gun bills gaining support

Permitless carry gun bills gaining support

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Three weeks from the start of the 2022 session, four bills ending the requirement for concealed carry gun permits have been filed and seem to have more support, including from House leadership, than in previous sessions. In the Senate, Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, has pushed a permitless carry bill since the 2015 session. He said he feels more momentum for the upcoming session. His Senate Bill 1 would abolish Alabama’s requirement to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed handgun in public and in vehicles. Allen said attitudes are changing nationwide and “finally citizens seem to understand how important it is to be able to protect themselves, their property and their families.” He said people want to protect their right to bear arms. The significant difference between some of the bills filed for the upcoming session is how they change firearms rules at athletic stadiums, including at high schools. Current law lists several places where firearms aren’t allowed even with a concealed carry permit, including law enforcement offices and courthouses.The law also says firearms aren’t allowed “at any facility hosting an athletic event” including K-12 schools or colleges, unless the gun owner has a permit. But Rep. Andrew Sorrell said that without checking everyone for weapons before entering an athletic event, the law is only disarming the people who follow it. His bill would strike that provision of state law. “If you’re going to prohibit people from carrying a gun into a […]

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