AL State Fraternal Order of Police 'vehemently opposes' 2 gun bi - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

AL State Fraternal Order of Police 'vehemently opposes' 2 gun bills

Law enforcement from across the state takes part in a public hearing to oppose two gun bills. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Law enforcement from across the state takes part in a public hearing to oppose two gun bills. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Law enforcement officers from across Alabama are voicing their concerns over bills in the legislature. They oppose two bills, House Bill 414 and Senate Bill 24, which would eliminate the requirement of purchasing a permit to carry a concealed weapon. 

The Fraternal Order of Police is "vehemently opposed" to the bills stating its belief the legislation endangers the lives of officers and puts citizens at risk.

Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham says the bills diminishes his officers' power.

"You got just a handful of people who pass these bills and push them out into our communities," Cunningham stated. "Then they wonder why we have the violence in our communities, why we have the problems in our communities. We're having these problems because of what's being pushed down on us that takes away our powers to enforce firearms laws."

Cunningham called it "a sad day in Alabama when we see stuff like this taking place."

Status of HB 414

Status of SB 24

The FOP held a rally Wednesday at the Capitol and invited law enforcement officers to come show their opposition to the bills. They then went to a public hearing for the bills where they further expressed their opposition.

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