Alabama Gun Bill Passes State House

Alabama Gun Bill Passes State House

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -

After hours of debate Alabama's omnibus gun bill passes.  For most of the day we heard from the predominately Democratic opposition.  Some questioned the need for this bill at all.

 

"I don't see the justification for this bill at this particular time," says State Representative Pebblin Warren. 

In part, the bill would allow employees to keep guns in their cars during the workday while providing immunity for employers if an incident involving firearms happened.  Opponents said this puts gun rights ahead of personal property rights.

 

"This bill puts laws and burdens on the employer that do not exist today," says State Representative Phil Williams.  He was one of the few Republicans to end up voting no on the bill.  Supporters say they're trying to balance two individual rights that may be in conflict:  gun rights and personal property rights.

 

"It essentially creates a bubble if you will of protection at least law enforcement has acknowledged that over the years that they can't just invade and search your car without probable cause," says State Representative Ed Henry.  The measure has the backing of the Alabama Sheriffs' Association--once one of their strongest opponents.  A representative for Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran says he still has concerns about a pistol permit that lasts five years.  Now the bill goes to the Senate where they'll either sign off on the House version or a conference committee creates a new version that has to be passed in both houses again.

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