Several pro-gun bills are making their way through the Alabama legislature and they need your help to pass.
House Bill 432 passed out of the House and currently sits in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by State Representative Jack Page (D-29), HB432 would make all records pertaining to pistol permits confidential, only to be used for law enforcement purposes. Any public disclosure of this information would be a Class A misdemeanor.
House Bill 225, introduced by State Representative Marc Keahey (D-65), would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating firearms 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. HB 225 currently awaits a committee assignment in the Senate.
House Bill 328 was passed by the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee and now moves to the House floor for consideration. HB 328, “no-net-loss” legislation, will ensure hunters in the state of Alabama that their vast hunting acreage will never decrease. This bill requires that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources maintain the level of available public hunting land that currently exists. Simply stated, it requires that additional lands be opened to hunting if land that is currently open to hunting is closed.
House Bill 362 and Senate Bill 407, sponsored by State Representative Craig Ford (D-28) and State Senator Roger Bedford (D-6), respectively, are currently pending in the House Commerce Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. These cross-filed bills would protect your right to lawfully transport and store firearms in a privately-owned and locked motor vehicle while parked in publicly accessible parking lots controlled by your employer or a business you frequent. HB 362 and SB 407 are scheduled to be heard Wednesday, March 11. Our thanks go out to Representative Ford and Senator Bedford for their tireless efforts to preserve the Second Amendment in the state of Alabama.
In January, 2009 the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an Oklahoma statute that protects the rights of employees to store firearms in locked vehicles in publicly accessible parking lots. The proposed Alabama bill is very similar to the Oklahoma law and should withstand any similar challenges that might be launched. Click here for more information regarding this court case.
Please contact your State Legislators and respectfully urge them to support these bills. Contact information can be found here. Contact information for the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Commerce Committee are below.
Senate Judiciary Committee
State Senator Myron Penn (D-28)
State Senator Roger Bedford (D-6)
State Senator Kim Benefield (D-13)
State Senator Ben Brooks (R-35)
State Senator Vivian Davis Figures (D-33)
State Senator Ted Little (D-27)
State Senator Del Marsh (R-12)
State Senator Tripp Pittman (R-32)
State Senator Henry Sanders (D-23)
State Senator Bobby Singleton (D-24)
State Senator Roger Smitherman (D-18)
State Senator Zeb Little (D-4)
State Senator Arthur Orr (R-3)
House Commerce Committee
State Representative Frank McDaniel (D-26)
State Representative Alan Harper (D-61)
State Representative Gerald Allen (R-62)
State Representative Warren Beck (R-87)
State Representative Duwayne Bridges (R-38)
State Representative Bill Dukes (D-8)
State Representative James Fields (D-12)
State Representative David Grimes (R-73)
State Representative Earl Hilliard (D-60)
State Representative Artis McCampbell (D-71)
State Representative Rod Scott (D-55)
State Representative Lesley Vance (D-80)
State Representative Pebblin Warren (D-82)
State Representative Jack Williams (R-47)
State Representative Greg Wren (R-75)