MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate will vote on legislation that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without getting a permit.
Senators on Tuesday evening will debate the proposal by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa.
The bill has been heavily criticized by some law enforcement officers who say the permits are needed for public safety. Allen argued that people shouldn’t have to pay to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 11 states allow people to carry concealed weapons in public without a permit. Most of those states still issue concealed weapon permits, as would Alabama, for people who may want them to carry in other states.
The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday.