Perspective | The Top Ten Issues Facing the Legislature

December 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2018 Alabama Regular Legislative Session begins in just 11 days on Jan. 9, 2018, and this is an election year so formal major party qualifying begins on the same day.  The elections mean that the session begins earlier than normal and will likely end even sooner so that incumbents can get back to their districts to campaign.  There are a lot of issues facing the legislature, however.

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Registration for spring Becoming an Outdoor Woman workshop opens Jan. 3

December 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announces that registration for the next Alabama Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop opens on January 3 for first-time attendees and January 8 for both first-timers and those who have previously attended.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources sponsored event takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Alabama, on March 2 thru 4, 2018.

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passes US House

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Several members of the Alabama Congressional delegation shared their opinions on the bill with the Alabama Political Reporter.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said in a statement that this bill aims to protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms by ensuring that individuals qualified to carry a concealed handgun in their home state can also carry a firearm across state lines. Brooks is an original cosponsor of the act, which passed the House by a vote of 231-198.

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Firearms Committee holds public hearing on a permit-less carry

December 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 30, 2017, the Commission on 21st Century Firearms Laws met for the third time to review the state of Alabama’s laws on firearms and consider possible legislation in the 2018 regular legislative session.

In the last Legislative Session, state Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, introduced a bill that would give every adult Alabamian, who is allowed to possess firearms, the right to carry their firearms concealed without having to purchase a concealed carry permit from their county’s Sheriff Department.  The bill passed the Senate but was buried in a subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee. Allen has re-introduced his bill for the 2018 session as Senate Bill 3.

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Trump comes to Moore’s aid

November 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday, President Donald Trump blasted Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones on Twitter.

The Judge Moore for Senate responded on social media: “While the Republican establishment, liberal Democrats, and the mainstream media continue to wage an unprecedented campaign of personal destruction against our campaign, the people of Alabama are putting aside all the #FakeNews noise to make a crucial decision on December 12th.”

“And just like President Trump, the people of Alabama know full well that the last thing our state or nation needs is another Schumer/Pelosi puppet in Washington!” the Moore campaign stated.

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NRA pushes for permit-less concealed carry at town hall in Hoover

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action hosted a legislative town hall meeting at Hoover Tactical Firearms in Hoover. Over 120 Second Amendment rights activists were on hand in Alabama to kick off a push for state legislation that would allow law-abiding Alabamians to carry a firearm without a government permit. Their first town hall was in Huntsville last week.

Constitutional or permit-less carry is already the law in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, New Hampshire and North Dakota. Montana allows permit-less carry for all areas outside city limits – 99.4 percent of the state.

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The NRA hosting two town halls on permitless carry in Huntsville, Birmingham

November 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is hosting two Legislative town hall meetings in Alabama to kick off a push for state legislation that would allow law-abiding Alabamians to carry a firearm without a government permit. The first town hall will be in Huntsville on Friday, Nov. 17. The second town hall will be in Birmingham on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Constitutional or permitless carry is already the law in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and North Dakota. (Montana allows permitless carry for all areas outside city limits – 99.4 percent of the state.)

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It’s time to squash America’s irrational love of guns

November 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

When did it become cool to own a bunch of guns?

This is the thing that has always escaped me in the never-ending gun debate: Just when in the hell did owning a gun make you the macho, cool guy?

For most of my early life, growing up in the South, where pretty much everyone owned a shotgun and rifle for hunting, I didn’t know a soul who owned a bunch of handguns or assault rifles. Oh, our dads and granddads had revolvers that were kept in underwear drawers, with bullets that were stored somewhere in the house.

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Stalnaker tells Republican women to stop spreading fake news

November 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 Republican strategist Angie Horn Stalnaker told the Alabama Federation of Republican Women that conservatives lose credibility when they share fake news in their social media, speeches and conversations.

“Fake news is not a story you do not like. It is not an op ed you don’t like. The uncomfortable news is that we, as southern women, we created fake news. We call it gossip. Fake news is simply something that is not true. In the word of social media fake news has taken off. It was conservatives who created, popularized and spread fake news on the internet,” Stalnaker said.

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Moore addresses Madison County Republicans

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore addressed the Madison County Republican Party Freedom Gala at the Jackson Center in Research Park.  Moore discussed the Senate race and his views on God.

“I have always admired this part of the state,” Moore said.  “It is so innovative.  I got to go through the Remington factory.  I saw more guns today than I saw in the military.”

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