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NRA Endorses Amendments 3 and 5

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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.”

The NRA writes: “Amendment 3 would add the language ‘fundamental’ and ‘strict scrutiny’ to the state’s existing Right to Keep and Bear Arms amendment. ‘Strict scrutiny’ provides the highest level of protection for constitutional rights. Amendment 5 specifies that wildlife conservation and management decisions will be based on sound science, not the misguided emotions of anti-hunting extremists.”

Cox concluded, “On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, the NRA-PVF is proud to endorse Statewide Ballot Amendments 3 and 5. I urge all Alabama NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen to vote ‘Yes’ on Amendments 3 and 5 on November 4.”

Amendment 3 is supported by most gun rights groups in the State.

The Amendment gives every citizen of Alabama a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right be subject to strict scrutiny. The proposed amendment provides that no international treaty or law may prohibit, limit, otherwise interfere with a citizen’s fundamental right to bear arms.

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Some however in the gun rights community claim that the amendment itself is a back door attempt to give Alabama State legislators a way to restrict gun rights.

Gina Miller wrote recently, “I don’t know whether conservatives who support Alabama Statewide Amendment 3 are doing so out of a lack of understanding of the danger to their gun rights that amendment poses, or if they are leftists infiltrators posing as conservatives to mislead people into voting away their God-given right to keep and bear arms. Either way, it’s not good. With the words, “…and that any restriction on this right would be subject to strict scrutiny,” this amendment declares that your unalienable right to keep and bear arms is NOT unalienable and will be subject to restriction! Don’t you see? This is subtle and evil, the wordsmithing of tryants.”

The pro-gun rights opponents of Amendment 3 claim that the Alabama Constitution already provides protection against the State restricting their gun rights and claim that Amendment 3 would only weaken those protections. When it is pointed out that the State already restricts gun rights and has claimed that power for decades through requiring concealed carry permits, their argument is that the State law has not been challenged yet and that eventually the Alabama Supreme Court will overturn all existing restrictions.

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Because of the disagreement, BamaCarry has not taken an official position, endorsing or opposing, Amendment 3.

Voters will decide whether to pass or oppose Amendment 3 and Amendment 5 on November 4.

The National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. The NRA has more than five million members. In their mission statement the NRA says that it continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.

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House passes bill allowing veterans, active-duty military to get free pistol permits

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The Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would allow active-duty military and veterans who received an honorable discharge to pay nothing when they apply for a concealed carry permit

House Bill 208 is sponsored by State Representative David Standridge, R-Hayden.

Under existing Alabama law, it is a misdemeanor to carry a handgun concealed without a permit from your local sheriff’s pistol permits. Alabama law considers a firearm as being “concealed” if it is in a motor vehicle, covered by clothing, or in a purse or luggage. Alabama does not require a permit to open carry a handgun. Alabamians may carry long guns, including in their vehicle, without a permit. A handgun, however, must be unloaded and placed in a locked box away from reach in order for an Alabamian to have the gun in their vehicle unless that person has a concealed carry permit.

Standridge said that HB208 would exempt active-duty military and honorably discharged veterans from having to pay fees to get their pistol permits.

State Representative Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley, said, “Thank you for doing something to reduce fees.”

Standridge added an amendment so that if an active-duty soldier loses their active duty status or are dishonorably discharged they would lose their pistol permit.

Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee, said, “Some poor county sheriffs could not survive without the pistol permits.”

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Rep. Thomas Jackson, R-Thomasville, said, “I got a problem with giving away free pistol permits even to veterans.”

Standridge replied, “This applies to less than ten percent of the adults in Alabama. That is the highest rate in the country.”

Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, asked, “What about those guys with PTSD?”

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“They still have to go through background checks,” Standridge said. “They would still have to go through the same process as anybody else they just haven’t don’t have to pay a fee.”

Rogers said, “A lot of these mass killers are military. Their wives hide their guns from them at night because they wake up after being in combat and they think they are still fighting.”

House Bill 208 has passed 95 to 0. The bill now goes to the Alabama Senate for their consideration.

HB208 was part of a broader package of military appreciation bills that the House passed on Tuesday. The legislature is making an effort to make the state of Alabama more military friendly in order to help the state retain and attract military installations and military. The state’s military bases have an enormous contribution to the Alabama economy.

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Atlanta Mayor to campaign for Biden in Alabama

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Thursday, the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden (D) announced that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will travel to Tennessee and Alabama to campaign on behalf of Joe Biden.

On Friday, Mayor Bottoms will travel to Tennessee, where she will host a Women for Biden event with State Senator Brenda Gilmore, moderate a health care roundtable, and host a meet and greet with State Representative Harold Love in Nashville. She was supposed to have hosted a GOTV kickoff event with Mayor Lee Harris and State Senator Raumesh Akbari in Memphis, Tennessee; but that event has been reportedly cancelled.

On Saturday, Mayor Bottoms will travel to Alabama, where she will host community events in Huntsville and Birmingham before speaking at the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors.

Biden has promised that his campaign will carry South Carolina, where he is leading in the polls. Biden hopes that he can win several southern states, including Alabama, on Super Tuesday to emerge as one of the leaders in the race for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

The Huntsville community Event with Keisha Lance Bottoms in Huntsville will be 9:30 a.m. at the Huntsville Country Club 2601 Oakwood Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35810. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

The Birmingham community Event with Keisha Lance Bottoms is somewhere in Birmingham at 12 noon; but the Biden campaign has not given us a location. We will update this story once the details are available.

Mayor Bottoms will address the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors in Selma at 3:00 p.m. pm Saturday. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. C.S.T. at Browns Chapel A.M.E., 410 Martin Luther King Street, Selma, AL, 36703.

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Biden has been endorsed by both Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-Selma) and U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama).

Biden is the favorite to win both the South Carolina and Alabama Democratic Primaries. Biden however is trailing in most of the Super Tuesday states to frontrunner U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). Sanders carried 47 percent of the vote in the recent Nevada Caucus. Sanders won the New Hampshire primary and won the most votes in the Iowa Caucus; though South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg won the most number of Caucuses, and thus the most delegates in Iowa.

Biden was the early front runner in the polls; but has been hurt by Republican charges of nepotism benefitting his son, Hunter Biden, while he was Vice President from 2009 to 2017.

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The Alabama Democratic Conference has endorsed former New York City Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg was a late entry into the race, thus was not even on the ballot in Iowa, Nevada, or New Hampshire and won’t be on the ballot in South Carolina either. Bloomberg has spent over $350 million of his own money to buy TV and media ads. Bloomberg is a billionaire with a fortune estimated to be worth over $66 billion.

Moderate Democrats like James Carville have expressed fears that the Democratic Party will suffer tremendous losses in November if Sanders, a self-declared Socialist, wins the nomination.

The Alabama Democratic presidential primary will be on Tuesday.

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Celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial

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On December 14, 2019, Alabama celebrated its 200th year of statehood, and ALABAMA 200 would like to honor babies born on the state’s birthday with a special collection of bicentennial items.

Bicentennial babies will receive a copy of “Alabama My Home Sweet Home,” a beautiful children’s book by beloved Alabama author Charles Ghigna, also known as Father Goose. A Camellia Bear squeeze toy and Bicentennial Baby bib are also included, along with a set of educational posters suitable for framing.

If you or someone you know had a baby on December 14, 2019, let ALABAMA 200 know! Parents or grandparents should send an email with a mailing address and a copy of their baby’s birth certificate or announcement to [email protected]. ALABAMA 200 will send your bicentennial baby his or her own commemorative gift. 

Call 334-242-4537 with questions or for more information. Visitwww.ALABAMA200.org to find out more about the commemoration of Alabama’s 200th birthday and related projects.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit, settling ownership of Alabama Democratic party

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Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit over who was in control of the Alabama Democratic party, meaning the so-called reform group championed by U.S. Sen. Doug Jones has won out. 

Griffin in his order filed Thursday morning wrote that his court lacked jurisdiction “over what appears to be an intra-political-party dispute regarding the officer elections and governance of the Alabama Democratic party.” 

Griffin’s ruling means that state Rep. Chris England, who was picked to lead the state Democratic party by the reform group, is the party’s chair. 

The ruling puts an end to the lawsuit filed by former ADP chairwoman Nancy Worley, after the Democratic National Committee ruled that her re-election as chair was invalid. 

England was elected ADP chair after the DNC ordered new elections and the adoption of new bylaws.

 

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