MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Stolen guns being used to commit crimes is a trend we’ve been seeing across Mobile. In 2018 1,200 guns were stolen from unlocked vehicles.
Mobile Councilman CJ Small wants to make sure gun owners are held accountable.
“We have to do something to protect our citizens,“ said Small. “We’re having too many people losing their lives, even police officers losing their lives over stolen guns. We’re having gun owners be irresponsible leaving their guns unlocked.“
In Alabama, only state lawmakers can create laws to punish gun owners for not securing their weapons. Small wants our city council to urge lawmakers in Montgomery to help change the rules so that Mobile can create its own penalties.
Local law enforcement would support creating permitting penalties for irresponsible gun owners.
“I think the benefit is the awareness that people that get a permit actually sign an agreement with the Sheriff to keep that weapon secure,“ said Public Safety Director James Barber. “It also raises the awareness that that permit could be suspended or revoked if they’re not responsible with the gun ownership.“
The Mobile City Council as a whole still needs to approve the resolution to ask lawmakers to change state law. That’s something they’ll vote on in two weeks when wording of the resolution is finalized.