If it passed the House, the bill will head to the desk of Governor Kay Ivey.
State senators on Tuesday sent legislation to the House that would allow Alabamians to lawfully carry concealed handguns in the state without a permit.
The measure, SB 24, to remove restrictions on Second Amendment rights and bring the state in line with others who codify constitutional carry as the law of the land, passed 26-8 along party lines.
“My goal is to remove unnecessary burdens on law-abiding citizens who own and carry guns, since most criminals and thugs don’t bother applying for a permit anyways,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa.
Allen’s proposal would keep Alabama’s current concealed carry permitting scheme administered through county sheriffs in place, but erase the requirement to obtain such a permit. Permit holders would retain the advantage of being able to buy a gun without an additional background check as well as reciprocal carry in the states that currently recognize Alabama’s permits. Open carry is already legal without a permit.
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