Senate Bill 14, sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R-21) of Tuscaloosa County, would recognize a law-abiding gun owner’s right to possess a concealed firearm in a vehicle without first obtaining a government-issued permit. SB 14 is eligible for Senate floor consideration after passing favorably out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation General Fund by a 7-1 vote.
The Alabama Legislature adjourned its 2015 Regular Session in early June and has been called to a Special Session by Governor Robert Bentley (R) to consider essential legislation pertaining to the Alabama Budget. During this Special Budget Session, any legislation up for consideration that is not germane to the Alabama State Budget must pass both the Senate and the House with a 2/3 majority vote.
While passage of this important legislation during the Special Budget Session would be subject to significant procedural obstacles, the fact that the Senate is reexamining the issue is indicative of the immense amount of support within the Legislature for this bill. With support continuing to grow, gun owners around the state should remain hopeful that lawful concealed vehicle carry without a permit will become state law in the not-too-distant future.
Please stayed tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on Senate Bill 14 as the Special Budget Session progresses.