Businesses and Schools on Alabama's New Gun Law

Businesses and Schools on Alabama's New Gun Law

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With Alabama's new gun law now in effect, you may start to see more signs of management forbidding guns on their property.

However, these signs don't mean much since they are more only a request and not the law, that's according to Mobile County's Sheriff.

"The posting of a sign does not prohibit someone from entering into the place of a business," said Mobile County Sam Cochran.

Amid all the confusion over the law, we learned today that the University of South Alabama will now allow professors to bring guns on campus, but not students.

"We get trigger happy over the smallest altercations, versus professors, I think that because they more educated and more responsible. I think they should," said Justin Hall, a junior at University of South Alabama.

But, the university's guidelines come with a big catch. Those guns professors can have must be kept in locked vehicles and cannot be brought into any buildings. The rules for students, no guns of any kind anywhere, even though 18-year-olds can now get permits under the new law.

Now what about facilities like Bel-Air Mall? Management tells me it will stick to its current policy of not allowing any weapons of any kind on the premises. This sign is posted at the mall's entrance and management highlights the fact that it is private property.

"If Bel-Air Mall does not want someone to openly carry on their side, they can post a sign at the entrance and no one can bring a firearm into the business openly carrying it. However, that will not prevent someone with a conceal carry permit from entering. If the mall wants to stop someone with a conceal carry permit from entering into it they would have to post a guard at each of their entrances," said Sheriff Cochran.

Many businesses I visited today seem to be in the dark about all aspects of the new law, indicating it will be quite some time before businesses, companies and schools figure it out.

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