Mass shooting events like Newtown in got a lot of people thinking about gun control. From there State Senator Scott Beason proposed a gun bill that at first was opposed by Alabama Sheriffs' association.
After compromises in the house a final version passed with sheriffs' support--but some in the business community still upset it allows employees to bring guns to work keeping them in their cars.
"It's kind of a threading of the needle you have gun rights private property rights very important we were able to negotiate with law enforcement and business," says Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard. Alabama's new gun law mirrors most other states. Most lawmakers tackling guns across the country passed bills that expanded gun rights. Most of them were in Midwestern or southern states. States that did pass gun restrictions were fewer in number. Gun restrictions in places like New York ban certain guns and limit the number of rounds in a magazine.
Alabama's gun bill asserts only the state can make gun laws--not individual cities. Most states which passed pro gun legislation were working under the assumption the federal government would pass some sort of restrictive gun control.