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Alabama: Railroads Seeking to Take Away Our Second Amendment Rights!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Please Stand-Up and Make Your Voices Heard!

On Wednesday, March 25 House Bill 362, sponsored by State Representative Craig Ford (D-28), passed the House Commerce Committee by a unanimous vote, but not before an anti-gun amendment was attached. 

HB 362 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. 

The language that was attached is a direct attack on our Second Amendment Rights by adding an exemption for railroad companies.  With this amendment, the railroads have now taken away the Second Amendment rights of their employees at the workplace. 

The House Commerce Committee members who voted with the railroads and against the NRA on the amendment were:

State Representative James Fields (D-12)
State Representative Earl Hilliard (D-60)
State Representative Artis McCampbell (D-71)
State Representative Roderick Scott (D-55)
State Representative Pebblin Warren (D-82)
State Representative Jack Williams (R-47)
State Representative Greg Wren (R-75)

Please contact these members and express your disapproval with their vote and respectfully urge them to vote to remove the amendment when the bill comes to the House floor. 

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.

HB 362 is expected to be considered on the House floor in the coming weeks.  Also, please contact your State Representative and urge them to support HB 362 but to vote "NO" on the railroad exemption amendment.  State Representatives can be reached during normal business hours by phone at (334) 242-7600.  To identify your State Representative, or for more contact information, please click
here.

Don’t allow the railroads to take away our Second amendment rights in Alabama!  Please make these calls today!  Your help is needed to ensure the passage of this important Second Amendment measure!

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