Bill to Allow Loaded Pistols in Cars Without Permits Stalls in Ala. Senate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Senate debated, but did not vote, on a bill to allow people without pistol permits to carry loaded pistols in their cars.

The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale drew extended debate Thursday from senators opposed to it, and proponents adjourned after they couldn't get enough votes to end the filibuster.

Beason got a law passed last year allowing people without pistol permits to carry the weapons in vehicles provided they are unloaded and out of reach. But people currently need a pistol permit to carry a loaded gun in a vehicle. Beason says it is time to extend Second Amendment rights.

The Alabama Sheriffs Association opposed the bill, saying it would cause fewer people to buy pistol permits, which help fund law enforcement programs.

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