Alabama gun control

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Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, last week.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

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.

   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.

   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.

Leaders of the Alabama Senate say they expect to consider a bill easing some of Alabama's gun restrictions.

The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale is on the Senate's proposed work agenda for Thursday. The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by some sheriffs and the Business Council of Alabama.

It would allow people to carry a pistol in their car without getting a pistol permit, and it would allow people to keep guns locked in their vehicles at work.

An Alabama House committee has approved a bill to allow a person to carry a pistol in his or her vehicle without a permit if the person is going to a range to practice firing the weapon.

The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted 5-3 in favor of the bill. It is opposed by some law enforcement officials who have argued it would give criminals a way to get around the law requiring them to have a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Some sheriffs have said it would reduce the amount of money their departments receive from selling pistol permits.

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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.

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(Information in the following story is from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/huntsville)

A congressman from Huntsville says he believes New York wants to dictate gun control policy for Alabama and the rest of the nation.

Republican U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks is joining other Alabama elected officials in speaking out against tightening the nation's gun laws. President Barack Obama is pushing several proposals including bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines for ammunition.