Handgun Bill Dies in House
A bill that would have allowed Alabamians to carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle without a permit has died in a House committee. No one seconded the bill when it was presented for a vote in the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee after a public hearing this morning. The lack of a second killed the bill and with tomorrow being the final day of the legislative session, there is no time left to resurrect it. A number of state law enforcement officials spoke out against the bill during the public hearing saying that such liberalization of guns laws could lead to more road rage incidents and to more juveniles carrying loaded guns in cars. Senator Scott Beason – the main sponsor of the bill – said that he was “very, very, very disappointed” and that his bill was an effort to make sure that “honest, law-abiding citizens have the ability to defend themselves.” Under current Alabama law, a pistol in a vehicle must be unloaded and locked in a compartment out of reach of the driver and passengers unless the owner has a concealed carry permit.