Alabama Legislature Faces Gun Right Bills

Feb 4, 2013

The Alabama Legislature will face several gun rights bills when it convenes Tuesday for its 2013 session.

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.

Democratic Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden and Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville are proposing a bill that would allow workers to keep guns locked in their vehicles while at work. A group of senators is sponsoring a bill that would bar the federal government from regulating firearms and ammunition made and retained in Alabama.

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