Ala. Senate Committee OKs Gun Bill

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A Senate committee has approved a proposal to let people carry loaded pistols in their vehicles without a concealed carry permit.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday by a 6-2 vote.

Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale says he believes people should be able to keep a loaded weapon in their car, just as they can their house, without paying a fee.

Currently, people can keep a pistol in the car without a permit, but the weapon has to be unloaded, locked away and out of reach.

The Alabama Sheriffs' Association opposed the bill at an earlier public hearing citing concern for public safety and the loss of permit fees to counties.

The bill now moves to the full Senate.

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