Alabama Senate Refuses to Be Outdone by Texas, Passes Right to Conceal Carry Sans Permit

By Rachel Lawrence

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In another interesting legislative turn this week, state senators in Alabama, a state well-known for its love of hunting, country, freedom, and sweet tea, have voted to pass SB 24, a bill to allow people to concealed carry legally-owned firearms without having to obtain a conceal carry permit. This bill now moves to the Alabama State House for consideration.

The Alabama Senate has voted to allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a getting a permit.

Senators approved the bill on a 25-8 vote Tuesday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.

The bill has been heavily criticized by some law enforcement officers who say the permits are needed for public safety. Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa, the bill’s sponsor, said that people shouldn’t have to pay to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

While gun-owners may celebrate doing away with the requisite of a concealed carry permit, there are potential repercussions for Alabama gun-owners should they choose to cross state lines. Alabama currently has reciprocity with nearly half of the 50 states. Should this law pass the Alabama House, gun-owners intending to carry their firearms into reciprocity states will need to take advantage of the option to purchase a conceal carry permit to ensure that they can legally concealed carry in those states without repercussions. As the sponsor of this bill, Senator Gerald Allen pointed out,

People would still have the option of buying pistol permits, Allen noted, which he said would be important for those who want to carry in other states that recognize Alabama’s concealed carry law.

Democrat state Senators have declared that bills such as this are simply a means for Republicans to re-brand themselves after a tumultuous Presidential election year, but Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh disagrees, noting that this is a Click to see the original article