Senate to address gun bills when they return

Senate to address gun bills when they return

Then-Majority Leader Greg Reed presides over the Alabama Senate in 2018. Senate Pro Tem Greg Reed, R-Jasper, said last week that when the Alabama Legislature returns that they will look at Second Amendment legislation. Reed would not be specific, but he did say that the Senate was looking at three bills. Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Northport, has introduced Senate Bill 5, which would repeal certain restrictions on the carrying or possession of a firearm on certain property or in a motor vehicle by persons with or without a concealed pistol permit. This bill would also revise certain restrictions on the carrying or possession of firearms at certain locations. Allen has brought permitless carry bills in the past few sessions. They are opposed by the Alabama Sheriffs Association and have run into trouble in the Alabama House of Representatives. The National Rifle Association supports SB5. The NRA’s Paul Littlefield said that SB5, “Allows a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm in Alabama, without first needing to obtain government permission. This ensures that citizens have their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays.” SB5 was pre-filed before the session and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has not acted on it yet. The NRA also supports this legislation. Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, has introduced a similar bill in the House removing many restrictions on where a gun may be lawfully carried. House Bill 5 is awaiting action from the House Public Safety and Homeland Security […]

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