Alabama Governor Signs Bill on Carrying Guns

May 23, 2013

Alabama's governor has signed legislation that expands where people can carry guns in Alabama.
   The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale passed the Legislature Monday, and Bentley's office announced he signed it into law Wednesday.

   House Speaker Mike Hubbard said the governor's signature makes Second Amendment rights more secure.

   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.

   Loaded weapons can be carried in cars by anyone with a concealed carry permit. A driver can carry an unloaded weapon, as long as it is out of reach, even without a permit.

   Sheriffs must issue a written justification for denying a concealed weapons permit, and the decision can be appealed.