New State Proposal on Gun Rights

For gun owner Heath Moorehead, carrying a loaded pistol in your vehicle without a permit has its positives and negatives.

"It kind of opens up the door to people that have committed crimes and have something on their record that now they can carry one loaded in their car without any question so it kind of goes both ways."

And that is a major problem for Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.

He's a part of the Alabama Sheriffs Association.

They have been opposing this bill as a concern for public safety and the loss of permit fees to counties.

"This bill is bad legislation."

Hughes feels this way because he sees the bill causing potential issues for law enforcement.

"Well no type of permit also means no type of background check so we can't tell who are felons, who are prohibited from carry handguns, and which people are not. I'm against it, all the other Sheriff's I know are against it."

Although worries have been voiced, Republican Senator Scott Beason believes this bill is equal to carrying a gun in your house without paying a fee.

That's why Moorehead see's the pros in this bill as well.

"It would be good for the ladies that don't feel comfortable carrying a gun on their purse and they'd rather have one in their car just in case something does happen. It would be good in that factor that way they don’t have to worry about getting a concealed weapons permit and going through it."

Potentially giving residents in the state of Alabama one less fee that they would have to pay for in regards to their 2nd Amendment rights.


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