The Alabama State Legislature will reconvene next Tuesday, March 25, and will be dealing with the following NRA-backed measures:
Right to Carry Reform
House Bill 339, “Emergency Powers” legislation, sponsored by State Representative Marc Keahey (D-65), will protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. HB339 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee and expected to have its third read on Thursday, March 27.
House Bill 512, “Workplace Protection” legislation, sponsored by State Representative David Grimes (R-73), would ensure that employees are able to protect themselves as they travel to and from work by allowing them to store their firearms in their vehicles while at work. HB512 prohibits any operator or owner of any parking lot from barring firearms in private vehicles. HB512 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee pending a second read.
House Bill 700, “Handgun Permit Confidentiality” legislation sponsored by State Representative Jack Page (D-29), would restrict public access to the records of concealed handgun permit holders and prohibit their publication. HB700 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee pending a first reading.
The following “University Carry” legislation is still pending in Committee: Senate Bill 18, sponsored by State Senator Henry “Hank” Erwin, Jr. (R-14), which would authorize a student at a state-supported college or university to carry a firearm on campus if he or she has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, is in good standing with the institution, and has completed an approved course on “gun skills.” SB18 is expected to be amended to remove the provision only allowing ROTC students to carry. Senate Bill 27, also introduced by Senator Erwin, prohibits state-supported colleges and universities from adopting policies prohibiting professors from carrying a firearm on campus if they have permits to carry firearms. Finally, Senate Bill 271, also authored by Senator Erwin, authorizes professors at state-supported colleges and universities to carry a firearm on the campus of the college or university at which the professor is employed, so long as the professor has a permit to carry a firearm. SB18, SB27 and SB271 are currently in the Senate Education Committee.
Senate Bill 156, sponsored by State Senator Rusty Glover (R-34), would create a special disabled person's hunting license available for $1 during the period of total disability. SB156 is currently in the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
It is important that you contact your State Legislators in support of these pro-gun measures. Your State Representative can be reached at (334) 242-7600 and your State Senator can be contacted at (334) 242-7800. To identify your State Legislators, or for more contact information, please click here.