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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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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US Sen. Shelby endorses Sen. Strange

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., endorsed appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican primary runoff on Sept. 26.  The endorsement is being promulgated in a statewide direct mail campaign paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their Alabama affiliate: the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

“As has been reported, the U.S. Chamber is backing Luther Strange in the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat,” Megan Etten, a spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said. “Today, the U.S. Chamber, in partnership with the Business Council of Alabama, will deliver a statewide mailer to Republican primary voters urging them to vote for Senator Luther Strange in the September 26 runoff election. The mailer features an endorsement from Senator Richard Shelby; it’s the first action he’s taken in this race.”

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NRA Endorses Amendments 3 and 5

October 17, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The National Rifleman’s Association (NRA) has endorsed both Amendment 3 and Amendment 5 to the Alabama Constitution.

In a statement, the Chairman of the influential NRA-PVF, Chris Cox said, “Amendment 3 would strengthen the current Alabama right to keep and bear arms amendment by ensuring the highest level of constitutional protection. Amendment 5 would protect Alabama’s hunting traditions from well-funded extremist groups that seek to ban hunting. These amendments are critical to protect the constitutional freedoms of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Alabama.”
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Trayvon Martin case could have happened in Alabama

July 16, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Days after the jury announced a not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Americans on both sides of the aisle have taken this opportunity to make political statements.

Martin supporters on the left are angered and outraged by the senseless death of a young man. To many, this is about racism and injustice.

Pro-gun supporters on the right are calling this a victory of the Justice System, defending Stand Your Ground laws and Zimmerman’s use of self-defense.
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Joint conference committee compromises on gun bill

May 14, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Scott Beason’s (R-Gardendale) gun bill passed the Senate on Thursday and will go to the House for approval on Monday, the last day of the 2013 regular session.

The final version of the bill is a substitute from a joint conference committee after the Senate voted to not concur with the House’s changes to the bill.  If the House chooses to add any amendments on Monday, the bill will effectively be dead for the session.
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The Gun Bill Shootout

May 10, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–On the 29th legislative day, the Alabama Legislature was struggling to find an agreement on gun legislation.

Similar issues have already come through Tennessee. One issue in particular, the issue of employers banning employees from keeping a gun in their personal vehicles while on employer property, led to Republican Debra Maggart, the House Republican caucus chair and one of the most powerful women legislators, being slammed by the Tennessee Rifle Association. The TRA spent over $100,000 to cause her to lose her reelection to a newcomer by 14 points, according to the Nashville City Paper.
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Dueling Gun Bills: Caution Concealed Politics Carried

December 31, 2012

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Guns will continue to be a headline issue for 2013.

Not only does Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) have a commission looking into school safety with the possibility of arming teachers, there are also competing bills that would allow individuals to carry firearms to work and keep them stored in their vehicles.

The first bill sponsored Democrat Senator Roger Bedford (D-Russelllville) is legislation that has been endorsed by the NRA (National Rile Association). It is widely known as the “Parking Lot Bill,” and is favored by most gun owners.
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