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Alabama: Please Attend Important Public Hearing on NRA-Backed Omnibus Firearms Bill in Montgomery Tomorrow

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tomorrow, April 23, the House Commerce and Small Business Committee will hold an important public hearing on Senate Bill 286, a critical omnibus firearms bill.

If you are able, please attend this public hearing to support SB 286 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 418 of Alabama State House Building.

Sponsored by state Senators Scott Beason (R-17) and Roger Bedford (D-6), SB 286 seeks to restore and protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Alabama by reforming the state gun laws in the following ways:

  • No employer may prohibit the otherwise lawful possession, transportation or storage of firearms or ammunition that is kept out of sight within a locked or attended private vehicle of an invitee who is otherwise permitted to operate or park that vehicle on the property.  This would allow employees to carry a firearm during their commute to and from work.
  • Creates a “car carry permit” that will be free of charge and good for life.  Currently, in order to transport a handgun in a vehicle, one must be in possession of a pistol permit.
  • Shifts the current “May Issue” concealed carry permit system to a “Shall Issue” permit system and requires that a sheriff must issue or deny the carry permit within thirty days.  Should someone be denied a permit, a written denial must be provided and that applicant would have an opportunity to appear before an appeals panel.
  • A permit to carry a concealed pistol shall be good for one to five years (to be decided by the applicant seeking the carry permit).
  • Requires sheriffs to use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to conduct a background check on concealed pistol permit applicants.
  • Allows for all other valid state-issued permits to carry a concealed firearm to be recognized in Alabama.
  • Strengthens Alabama’s firearms preemption statute by reserving for the state legislature complete control over regulation and policy relating to firearms, ammunition and firearm accessories in order to ensure that such regulation is applied uniformly throughout the state.
  • Extends the current Castle Doctrine to include places of business to ensure the right of self-defense does not end when you enter your business.

If you cannot attend this public hearing, please contact members of the House Commerce and Small Business Committee and respectfully urge them to support SB 286.

House Commerce and Small Business Committee:

Representative Jack Williams (Chairman)
(334) 242-7593
jack@jackwilliams.org

Representative Barry Moore (Vice-Chairman)
(334) 242-7773
barry@barrymooreindustries.com

Representative Craig Ford (Ranking Minority Member)
(334) 242-7690

Representative Richard Baughn
(334) 242-7593
rgbups@yahoo.com

Representative Mack Butler
(334) 242-7446
mack.butler@alhouse.gov

Representative David Colston
(334) 242-7535
asthp20@yahoo.com

Representative Kurt Wallace
(334) 242-7772
representativewallace@gmail.com

Representative April Weaver
(205) 620-6610

Representative Pebblin Warren
(334) 242-7734
tiger9127@bellsouth.net

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