Bill that would end concealed carry pistol permit requirement discussed Wednesday

Gun permit debate

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing from both sides Wednesday about a bill that would get rid of the concealed carry pistol permit requirement in Alabama. Tuscaloosa State Senator Gerald Allen is sponsoring the bill.

Today, more than a dozen sheriffs from around the state sat in the hearing and stood against the bill. They said pistol permits are a tool they can use to put criminals in jail. Supporters say it is their constitutional right to carry a gun without paying for a permit.

"We have been given a constitutional right to protect ourselves, our families, our properties without paying a small fee..a tax for a permit," Senator Allen said.

Judy Taylor with the group "Moms Demand Action" spoke against the bill.

"Alabama's law enforcement community opposes allowing people to carry concealed handguns in public places without a permit. I trust them to know the best way to keep our community safe. We should listen to them," Taylor said.

The committee did not vote on the bill. We’ll keep a track of it and let you know when that happens.

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