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Update on Pending Alabama Pro-Gun Legislation

Friday, March 6, 2009

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)
(334) 242-7868
myronpenn28@hotmail.com

State Senator Roger Bedford (D-6)
(334) 242-7862
senbedford@aol.com

State Senator Kim Benefield (D-13)
(334) 242-7874
kbenefield@acs-isp.com

State Senator Ben Brooks (R-35)
(334) 242-7882
benbrooksiii@aol.com

State Senator Vivian Davis Figures (D-33)
(334) 242-7871
vivian.figures@al-legislature.gov

State Senator Ted Little (D-27)
(334) 242-7865
tedlittle@mindspring.com

State Senator Del Marsh (R-12)
(334) 242-7877

State Senator Tripp Pittman (R-32)
(334) 242-7897
trip.pittman@alsenate.gov

State Senator Henry Sanders (D-23)
(334) 242-7860

State Senator Bobby Singleton (D-24)
(334) 242-7935
bsingle164@yahoo.com

State Senator Roger Smitherman (D-18)
(334) 242-7870
rodger.smitherman@alsenate.gov

State Senator Zeb Little (D-4)
(334) 242-7855
zeb@zeblittlelawfirm.com

State Senator Arthur Orr (R-3)
(334) 242-7800

House Commerce Committee

State Representative Frank McDaniel (D-26)
(334) 242-7697
legislator@mclo.org

State Representative Alan Harper (D-61)
(334) 242-7732
aharper@nctv.com

State Representative Gerald Allen (R-62)
(334) 242-7758 

State Representative Warren Beck (R-87)
(334) 242-7774

State Representative Duwayne Bridges (R-38)
(334) 242-7600 

State Representative Bill Dukes (D-8)
(334) 242-7689

State Representative James Fields (D-12)
(334) 242-7600 

State Representative David Grimes (R-73)
(334) 242-7707
repgrimes@birch.net

State Representative Earl Hilliard (D-60)
(334) 242-7684

State Representative Artis McCampbell (D-71)
(334) 242-7747 

State Representative Rod Scott (D-55)
(334) 242-7752
scotthrod@yahoo.com

State Representative Lesley Vance (D-80)
(334) 242-7687

State Representative Pebblin Warren (D-82)
(334) 242-7734
pwarren@alhouse.gov

State Representative Jack Williams (R-47)
(334) 242-7600
jack@jackwilliams.org 

State Representative Greg Wren (R-75)
(334) 242-7764
repgregwren@yahoo.com

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