On August 1st, a sweeping gun law comes to Alabama. While at work, employees with a conceal-carry permit are allowed to keep hand guns in their car.
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes gave one example of how this new law is a benefit.
“If they stop at a grocery store and someone tries to rob them, kidnap them, rape them, carjack them, then you're taking away their ability to defend their self with a firearm if you don't let them have it in their car on business property,” said Hughes.
“I don't like that at all,” said Imogene Lovejoy, a Kinsey resident. “Them being able to carry them back and forth to work, unless they’re in law enforcement or something like that, I don't think they really need to do that.”
There are exceptions. Without a permit, a person can still carry a gun in their car—but it has to be unloaded, locked up, and out of reach for everyone.
Also, non-U.S citizens can apply for a conceal-carry permit. However, Sheriff Hughes does not support that part of the law.
“I do not like that law. Why does a non-U.S. citizen need a firearm? You need to pursue citizenship,” he said.
This is where both sides find common ground.
“I think they really need to not let non citizens have guns first of all,” said Lovejoy.
The Sheriff's office can deny someone a permit, but now they have the right to appeal. Without a permit, their gun must be visible at all times. Law enforcement advised against open-carry, yet it's still within their rights.
The law does not allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a conceal-carry permit. The permits must be renewed every one to five years.