Constitutional Carry is on the move in Alabama. Senate Bill 3 would eliminate the need for a carry permit for law-abiding adults.
It would allow any law-abiding adult who can legally possess a firearm to carry a handgun for self-defense in Alabama without having to first obtain a permit to do so.
The NRA-ILA confirms the essence of the bill. It does not eliminate the shall issue permit system that is now in place. Alabamians would still be able to obtain permits for reciprocity with other states.
Alabamians would still be able to obtain a carry permit as an alternative to the NICS instant check system.
The number of people killed by gunfire in Alabama increased by 22 percent in a seven-year period, according to a report released today by the Violence Policy Center.
In 2016, Alabama's gunfire death rate was the second-highest in the United States, with 21.51 fatalities per 100,000 people, according to the Center. That rate was up 22 percent from 2009 when there were 17.63 gunfire deaths per 100,000 people.
Gun deaths in Alabama increased more during the seven-year period than in the U.S. overall. The number of people killed by gunfire in the U.S. increased by 17 percent, according to the report.
"Constitutional carry" has always been a dressed-up euphemism for allowing people to carry guns without any kind of permit, training, or cause. Analysis of the report from the Violence Policy Center proves - again - that more guns and fewer gun regulations costs lives, and the juxtaposition of these two stories shows just how little the NRA and its legislative allies care.
We will continue to track action on SB 3, and are urging gun regulation organizations, voters, and legislators to oppose this dangerous bill.