Sheriff's against proposed gun laws

Published: Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM CDT
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Bobby Timmons talks about the dangers of proposed gun legislation.
Bobby Timmons talks about the dangers of proposed gun legislation.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "They didn't pay attention...not one bit of attention to the sheriff's, to law enforcement, to the District Attorney, the chiefs of police," says Bobby Timmons, Director of the Alabama Sheriff's Association.

He's talking about state legislators.

Timmons sent a letter--signed by all 67 Alabama sheriffs--to state senators prior to their Thursday vote.

He urged them to say no to the proposed gun legislation.

"We know if this bill was to pass, there will be somebody injured, somebody hurt, somebody killed off this bill," adds Timmons.

Officials say the bill's Open Carry clause allows anyone 18 and over to carry an unconcealed weapon in public.

"It's not a good idea to be able to walk down this street carrying six guns. It's like in the old west, you can just carry your six gun anywhere you want to," says Montgomery County Sheriff, D.T. Marshall.

Marshall doesn't believe the legislation helps efforts to reduce violence, either. He says easier access to firearms is a disaster in the making.

"This bill applies to the not-so-God-fearing law-abiding citizens as well as it does the law- abiding citizens and it puts the law enforcement at a definite disadvantage."

Still, proponents of the bill say it best ensures Alabamians right to own guns.

"We all know that criminals are going to get guns. What we're trying to do is to find how you legally and responsibly bear and keep firearms in Alabama and that's important," says Senator Roger Bedford.

The bill that eventually goes to the House could still be amended. But, not enough for folks like Timmons.

"I'd feel better if this bill was in the graveyard. There's no reason to have this bill--none whatsoever."

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