MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Senate Judiciary Committee had a public hearing on a bill that would rid Alabamians of a requirement to obtain a pistol permit before carrying a concealed firearm.
The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, would allow residents to carry their pistol in a concealed manner without the permit that’s currently needed.
“We have been given a Constitutional right to protect ourselves, our families and our properties without paying a tax or a fee,” Allen said.
Judy Taylor with the Group Moms Demand Action spoke at the public hearing against the bill.
“I believe that our permitting system protects us in several ways,” said Taylor.
More than a dozen sheriffs from around the state sat in the hearing and stood against the bill. They said pistol permits are a tool they can use to put someone in jail who does not have one.
People with the group BamaCarry and the National Rifle Association also advocated for the proposed legislation, saying it is their right to carry and protect themselves.
The committee only held a public hearing and did not vote on the bill. Sen. Allen has tried several times to make the bill law.