AL lawmaker hopes to change state gun law - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

AL lawmaker hopes to change state gun law

Posted: Updated:
The gun bill is going for a senate committee vote next Wednesday. (Source: MGN Online) The gun bill is going for a senate committee vote next Wednesday. (Source: MGN Online)
  • More newsMore>>

  • Covington Co. Sheriff's deputy killed in crash

    Covington Co. Sheriff's deputy killed in crash

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:17:06 GMT
    A Covington County Sheriff's deputy who was killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning is being identified as Deputy Heath Kelly, according to Alabama State Troopers.More >>
    A Covington County Sheriff's deputy who was killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning is being identified as Deputy Heath Kelly, according to Alabama State Troopers.More >>
  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:12:13 GMT
    Rescuers were digging through piles of snow and ice Saturday for four Sherpa guides buried on Mount Everest when an avalanche swept down the slopes and killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on...More >>
    Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the...More >>
  • Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

    Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:20:08 GMT
    The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved...More >>
    The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are...More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

An Alabama Senator is working to change a controversial state law. Republican Senator Scott Beason sponsored a bill aimed to let people carry a loaded pistol in their car without a concealed carry permit.

Beason said Wednesday that people should not have to pay for their 2nd amendment right to carry their weapons.

The current law allows people to carry their pistol in their vehicle without a permit, but the weapon has to be unloaded, locked away and out of reach. Beason said the unloaded weapon is of no use to the driver. His bill would give permit holders permission to take their pistols with them in their cars.

"In my opinion, the castle doctrine should extend to your car and that means you'll be able to use your pistol in a usable fashion," he said.  "It doesn't do you any good if its unloaded, out of reach, out of the way." 

The bill is getting strong opposition from law enforcement officers.  They argue that when you're in a public place, like on a highway or a street, that has nothing to with private property.

"I don't think this has anything to do with the second amendment rights when you have the right to carry a weapon off your property," said Executive Director of the Alabama Sheriffs' Association, Bobby Timmons.  "An automobile is not a part of your home. It's a part of the public property."

The gun bill is going for a senate committee vote next Wednesday.

Remember, when breaking news happens, we break it first online, by email, and by text. If you want to receive our breaking news alerts by text, pull out your phone right now and text NEWS to 44848. Message and data rates may apply. You can text STOP at any time to cancel your subscription, text HELP for more information, or call 877-571-0774 for support.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow