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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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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Alabama’s gun law debate has left reality

October 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There are times when I wonder if this is real life, or if, instead, there’s a fairly significant portion of the country that’s pulling a prank on the rest of us.

You know, just to see what we’ll do, and then laugh at our reactions to the absurdity.

One of those moments occurred this morning. In a place where many other such moments have occurred – the Alabama State House.

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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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Gun Owners of America endorse Roy Moore and Mo Brooks

August 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 4, 2017, the Gun Owners of America (GOA) announced their endorsement of former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore (R), as well as Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) in the race for US Senate.

The Chairman of GOA, Tim Macy said in a statement, “Judge Moore has long been an articulate, and uncompromising, champion for gun rights.”

Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead said, “Having the support of Gun Owners of America and the 1.5 million members and activists they represent is just the latest example of the conservative grassroots coming together to support Judge Moore.”

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Alabama’s corruption problems can’t be solved through emails

June 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Another email from Luther Strange.

This one is about the EPA – oh, wait, forgive me, I mean “the radical, activist EPA,” to put it in Strange’s terms.

There was also one about something in Huntsville, several about Jeff Sessions’ testimony, something about farms, a few about the NRA and guns and a bunch about sanctuary cities.

Luther Strange: solving America’s problems one email at a time.
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NRA endorses Strange

May 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) announced that the group has endorsed Senator Luther Strange (R) in the upcoming special election for the Senate seat that was vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General.

The NRA-PVG said in a statement that, “Strange’s leadership on Second Amendment issues as a US senator and Alabama Attorney General has earned him the highest attainable rating, an “A+” from the NRA-PVF in the Aug. 15 Republican special primary election. An “A+” is reserved for a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.”
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My gun dilemma solved…..for now

May 17, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

The good news, as reported by The Alabama Political Reporter’s Brandon Moseley Monday, is there are only four more days in this year’s Legislative Session. That down to three now.

Legislative sessions usually can’t end fast enough, especially with some of the proposals that turn up. The General Fund and education budgets – the Legislature’s primary responsibility – are basically in the can.

One issue I’ve been watching the whole Session with interest is SB24, the so-called Gun Bill. Sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa), it would allow anybody qualified to have a gun to be able to carry it concealed without buying a gun permit from their local sheriff.
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