Alabama's New Gun Law Takes Effect Tomorrow

Alabama's New Gun Law Takes Effect Tomorrow

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Roy Pope is a restaurant owner in downtown Mobile and says he never leaves home without his weapon.

"I got a 38. I'm not gonna unholster. I carry it like religion," said Pope.

He believes Alabama's new gun law is coming a tad bit late.

"People was doing it already. They got their gun in their vehicle regardless of what the boss says," he said.

But there are those who find the new law unsettling.

"I don't think we should be walking down the street like it was in the wild wild west, no I don't think so," said David Smith.

"Do you carry a gun? I don't think I need one. I always got the gun on me ya know," said one man from Florida.

Well for those who prefer firearms over real arms, the main feature of the new state gun law allows people to keep their guns in their vehicles while at work.

Under Alabama law if you have a conceal carry permit you are already allowed to carry a loaded gun, but this law takes it a step further by allowing people without permits to also carry a weapon in their car.

"But it can not be loaded and in reach of the driver. It has to be concealed and out of sight," said State Senator Rusty Glover.

It's a new law with lots of layers, Senator Glover feels the law is simply understood and will be properly enforced.

"It was a lot of different interests. The Sheriff's Association had different grievances with some parts of the bill. It was tough to get past that. It was a lot of compromises. It's the law and I think they will enforce it the way it should be," he said.

But not everyone feels the same.

"It would be always hard to enforce because it would be that gray area between what constitutes something that is reasonable and unreasonable," said Stacy Johnson.

Senator Glover says the bill went through four different revisions before becoming law.  The new gun law also allows permitted carriers to bring their guns into public buildings like malls and schools - unless the building has a sign prohibiting weapons inside.

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