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Alabama’s 2010 Legislative Session Comes to a Close

Friday, April 23, 2010

On Wednesday, April 21, Alabama Governor Bob Riley (R) signed House Bill 2 into law. 

Sponsored by State Representative Jeremy Oden (R-11), HB2 repeals the section of the Alabama statute that prohibits the possession, sale, receipt, or use of short barreled rifles and shotguns.  These firearms are already legal under federal law when properly registered. 

HB2 now joins House Bill 330 as new pro-gun legislation enacted into law this year.  HB330, authored by State Representative Craig Ford (D-28), requires that the state maintain at least the same level of available public hunting land that currently exists.  It will also require that additional lands be opened to hunting if land that is currently open to hunting is closed. Governor Riley signed HB330 into law on Monday, March 22.

The Alabama State Legislature’s 2010 Session adjourned sine die, late on Thursday, April 22.  Senate Bill 360 was held over in the House Commerce Committee and was never revisited due to lack of time remaining in the session.  SB360, sponsored by State Senator Roger Bedford (D-6), ultimately failed in committee despite having passed the full Senate earlier in session 26-2.    

Sponsored by State Representative Craig Ford (D-28), House Bill 364, the companion bill, was defeated in the House Commerce Committee by a voice vote earlier this month.  A roll call vote was requested but it was not seconded, thus defeating this important piece of legislation.

These bills would have permitted a law-abiding individual to store a firearm in a locked motor vehicle while parked on a publicly accessible parking lot controlled by an employer or a business that he or she frequents and would have protected your right to keep a firearm in your car for self-defense, hunting, or target shooting before or after work. 

Thank you to all of the NRA members answered the call in support of these critical measures.  NRA will continue to push this issue and other Second Amendment items during the 2011 legislative session.

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