Gun Compromise
4:58 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

House, Senate Still Negotiating On AL Gun Law

The two chambers of the Alabama legislature are still working out their differences over this session's main gun bill.
The two chambers of the Alabama legislature are still working out their differences over this session's main gun bill.

The main gun bill before Alabama lawmakers is headed to a compromise committee of senators and representatives.


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.


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. The two chambers are in agreement on other provisions, such as making it harder for a sheriff to deny a concealed weapons permit.


After today, legislators will meet just one more day, May 20.