Alabama gun control legislation

Gun Rights Amendment
3:18 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Alabama Amendment Would Address Gun Ownership

A proposed change to the Alabama Constitution would make gun ownership a fundamental right in the state.
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A proposed change to the Alabama Constitution would make gun ownership a fundamental right in the state.

The proposal also would subject any state gun-control measures to the toughest review by the courts.

Rep. Mike Jones is the Andalusia Republican who sponsored the proposed constitutional amendment. He says it puts added protections for the right to bear arms into the Alabama Constitution. He also says it would stop local governments from implementing overreaching gun control measures.

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Business & Education
8:17 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Questions Remain About Gun Law's Impact on Campus

University of Alabama officials are evaluating how Alabama's new gun law will apply to campus.
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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.

   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.

   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.

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Politics & Government
8:23 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Montgomery Businesses Requesting Anti-Gun Stickers

Montgomery County sheriff's officials will distribute stickers to area businesses who don't want people carrying guns into their establishments.

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.

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Politics & Government
7:16 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Alabama Governor Signs Bill on Carrying Guns

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

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.

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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 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.

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Gun Bills
4:16 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Constitutional Amendment On Guns Nears Final Step

State lawmakers are closer to letting voters decide, at least in theory, whether to make it harder for the government to adopt restrictions on firearms.
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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.


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.

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Gun Bill
5:14 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Discussion Begins In Alabama House On Gun Bill

The Alabama House has begun debate over a bill that would allow gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle.

The Alabama House has begun debate on a bill that allows gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle.


Hartselle Republican Ed Henry says the bill's purpose is to protect the rights of citizens to carry arms.


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.

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Gun Control
5:27 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Ala. Senate Considers Bill Relaxing Gun Control

The Alabama Senate has started a debate on easing some of the state's gun restrictions.
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The Alabama Senate has started a debate on easing some of the state's gun restrictions.


The Senate voted 26-7 Thursday to consider the bill, which was an indication of its support. The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale would allow workers to keep guns locked in their vehicles while at their jobs, and would allow people to get a lifetime permit to keep guns in their vehicles all the time.


The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by some sheriffs and the Business Council of Alabama.

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Gun Control Legislation
7:17 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Ala. Senate to Consider Bill Relaxing Gun Control

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.

Strange-Gun Control Legislation
4:29 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Ala. AG Strange Promises To Challenge Gun Control Bills

Ala. 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.
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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.

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.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:32 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Alabama Legislature Faces Gun Right Bills

Democratic Rep. Craig Ford is one of a few Alabama lawmakers introducing gun control legislation during the 2013 legislative session.
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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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Politics & Government
8:59 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Rep. Brooks: NY Wants to Dictate Gun Laws for Ala.

U.S. Representative Mo Brooks
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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.

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