Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:17 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:17:18 GMT
As rescue efforts continue in Oklahoma, school administrators closer to home have safety top of mind. Everyone remembers the tragic events in Enterprise, Alabama where a tornado killed eight studentsMore >>
As rescue efforts continue in Oklahoma, school administrators closer to home have safety top of mind. Everyone remembers the tragic events in Enterprise, Alabama where a tornado killed eight students inside Enterprise High School and a nearby resident...More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,More >>
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:04:33 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:32:52 GMT
State laws protecting the elderly have been strengthened with the passage of the Protecting Alabama's Elders Act. The bill increases the legal protections from financial exploitation and physical or emotionalMore >>
State laws protecting the elderly have been strengthened with the passage of the Protecting Alabama's Elders Act. The bill increases the legal protections from financial exploitation and physical or emotional abuse for anyone over the age of 60.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
It's not everyday every police chief in Alabama is in one room. A bi-annual conference of Alabama police chiefs brought them to Montgomery for continuing education training.
But guns and their role in society was on each chief's mind.
"We have over 20,000 laws now on the books that deal with guns," says Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson.
Chiefs from Andalusia, Millbrook, Prattville and Wetumpka say while they never want tragedy to strike their cities, they don't believe guns should be banned.
"If they've gone through the process to be able to have a firearm, I think they should be able to carry it," says Wetumpka Police Chief Celia Dixon.
But they do think there should be exceptions.
"We need to find out what is causing these problems, issues such as mental health and do a better job of making sure firearms don't fall into the hands of people that don't need to have them," adds Johnson.
Some chiefs say the federal government holds the key to keeping guns out of the wrong hands by enforcing stricter penalties for offenders and providing more information--especially for those suffering from mental health illnesses.
"If the federal government would step forward and say every crime committed with the use of a weapon...that's federal time," says Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams.
"Backgrounds...we need to enforce that more. Be more information available to law enforcement so we can keep up with who needs to have guns and who doesn't," says Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson.
Many chiefs say their police officers have already participated in active shooter training following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.