Alabama gun control legislation http://apr.org en Questions Remain About Gun Law's Impact on Campus http://apr.org/post/questions-remain-about-gun-laws-impact-campus <p>As University of Alabama students prepare to return for the fall semester, state and school officials say they're still evaluating how Alabama's new gun law will apply to the campus.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/13A1SCx) that the new law allows a lawful gun owner to openly carry firearms in public places, with certain exceptions.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, said the intent was to make sure lawful gun owners could have access to their firearms to defend themselves if needed.<br> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:17:23 +0000 The Associated Press 35417 at http://apr.org Questions Remain About Gun Law's Impact on Campus Montgomery Businesses Requesting Anti-Gun Stickers http://apr.org/post/montgomery-businesses-requesting-anti-gun-stickers <p>Montgomery County sheriff's officials say they've ordered about 3,000 stickers to distribute to area business owners who don't want people carrying guns into their establishments.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Sheriff D.T. Marshall tells AL.com (http://bit.ly/1bPk5kU) business owners can place stickers on a sign or on their doors to indicate that guns are not allowed in their businesses.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; A new law went into effect Thursday that prohibits employers from barring loaded guns from their properties as long as they're kept locked in a car.<br> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:23:58 +0000 The Associated Press 35286 at http://apr.org Montgomery Businesses Requesting Anti-Gun Stickers Alabama Governor Signs Bill on Carrying Guns http://apr.org/post/alabama-governor-signs-bill-carrying-guns <p>Alabama's governor has signed legislation that expands where people can carry guns in Alabama.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale passed the Legislature Monday, and Bentley's office announced he signed it into law Wednesday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; House Speaker Mike Hubbard said the governor's signature makes Second Amendment rights more secure.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The new law says employees can have firearms in their cars at work, and businesses can't be sued for any harm resulting from the use of those weapons.<br> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:16:44 +0000 The Associated Press 30942 at http://apr.org Alabama Governor Signs Bill on Carrying Guns House, Senate Still Negotiating On AL Gun Law http://apr.org/post/house-senate-still-negotiating-al-gun-law <P>The main gun bill before Alabama lawmakers is headed to a compromise committee of senators and representatives.</P> <P>Sen. Scott Beason, the Senate sponsor, says he couldn't sign off on the version that House members passed late last week after reaching a compromise that involved law enforcement leaders and the National Rifle Association.</P> <P>Beason, a Gardendale Republican, says he wants a few changes to details about when an employee can keep a gun in their car while they're at work, and when a citizen can carry a weapon at public gatherings. Thu, 09 May 2013 21:58:52 +0000 The Associated Press 30085 at http://apr.org House, Senate Still Negotiating On AL Gun Law Constitutional Amendment On Guns Nears Final Step http://apr.org/post/constitutional-amendment-guns-nears-final-step <P>Alabama lawmakers are one step from letting voters decide, at least in theory, whether to make it harder for government to adopt restrictions on firearms.</P> <P>A proposed constitutional amendment would apply a judicial standard called strict scrutiny to any limits on possessing weapons. The proposal cleared a Senate committee Tuesday. It must pass the full Senate before it goes on a statewide ballot.</P> <P>Strict scrutiny is a legal term that refers to courts setting the highest standards when deciding whether a law is constitutional. Tue, 07 May 2013 21:16:40 +0000 The Associated Press 29921 at http://apr.org Constitutional Amendment On Guns Nears Final Step Discussion Begins In Alabama House On Gun Bill http://apr.org/post/discussion-begins-alabama-house-gun-bill <P>The Alabama House has begun debate on a bill that allows gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle.</P> <P>Hartselle Republican Ed Henry says the bill's purpose is to protect the rights of citizens to carry arms.</P> <P>Some of the supporters expressed concern that President Obama is using recent shootings at schools and other public shootings as a reason to pass legislation reducing the rights of Americans to bear arms.</P> <P>Some opponents of the bill argue it changes the rules in midstream considering that most workers were hired under a law that prohibits employees from having Thu, 02 May 2013 22:14:02 +0000 The Associated Press 29641 at http://apr.org Discussion Begins In Alabama House On Gun Bill Ala. Senate Considers Bill Relaxing Gun Control http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-considers-bill-relaxing-gun-control <P>The Alabama Senate has started a debate on easing some of the state's gun restrictions.</P> <P>The Senate voted 26-7 Thursday to consider the bill, which was an indication of its support. The bill by Republican Sen. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:27:20 +0000 The Associated Press 27958 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Considers Bill Relaxing Gun Control Ala. Senate to Consider Bill Relaxing Gun Control http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-consider-bill-relaxing-gun-control <P>Leaders of the Alabama Senate say they expect to consider a bill easing some of Alabama's gun restrictions.</P> <P>The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale is on the Senate's proposed work agenda for Thursday. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:17:41 +0000 The Associated Press 27915 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate to Consider Bill Relaxing Gun Control Ala. AG Strange Promises To Challenge Gun Control Bills http://apr.org/post/ala-ag-strange-promises-challenge-gun-control-bills <p>Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has promised to challenge in court two gun control bills that were approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee if they become law.</p><p>The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve a ban on semi-automatic weapons and ammunition magazines that carry more than ten rounds. The bill names more than 150 weapons that would be banned.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:29:43 +0000 The Associated Press 26810 at http://apr.org Ala. AG Strange Promises To Challenge Gun Control Bills Alabama Legislature Faces Gun Right Bills http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-faces-gun-right-bills <P>The Alabama Legislature will face several gun rights bills when it convenes Tuesday for its 2013 session.</P> <DIV> <P>Republican Rep. Mike Jones of Andalusia is offering a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Second Amendment rights the benefit of "strict scrutiny." That would require a compelling interest before regulating gun rights and would require that any limits on guns be narrowly tailored. The legislation is patterned after a bill the National Rifle Association got passed in Louisiana.</P> <P>Democratic Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden and Sen. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:32:22 +0000 The Associated Press 24293 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Faces Gun Right Bills Rep. Brooks: NY Wants to Dictate Gun Laws for Ala. http://apr.org/post/rep-brooks-ny-wants-dictate-gun-laws-ala <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12px" id=_oneup>(Information in the following story is from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/huntsville)</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12px" id=_oneup>A congressman from Huntsville says he believes New York wants to dictate gun control policy for Alabama and the rest of the nation.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12px" id=_oneup>Republican U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks is joining other Alabama elected officials in speaking out against tightening the nation's gun laws. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:59:21 +0000 The Associated Press 23859 at http://apr.org Rep. Brooks: NY Wants to Dictate Gun Laws for Ala.