Constitutional carry is becoming more popular across the United States, and should be a consideration for every state.
Alabama has joined many other states and signed a bill into law, Alabama House Bill 272, which allows Alabama citizens to carry and conceal a firearm without a permit.
With the background checks and red tape that you have to go through to get a firearm, a concealed carry permit doesn’t actually do anything. If someone is insistent on using a firearm against someone, it’s unlikely that they’re going to obtain a concealed carry permit in order to bring the firearm with them to commit the crime.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said, “Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law-abiding citizens, Alabama is reaffirming our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights. I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do that again today.”
Courts, federal and state, reward criminals when they haven’t committed crimes in a long time and even when they enter programs while they’re awaiting trial. So, what makes it okay to demonize law-abiding gun owners because of those same criminals’ actions? It makes no sense.
Alabama Republican state Rep. Andrew Sorrell and over 40 House cosponsors were able to push the bill through the legislature, and it was passed and placed into law in February 2021.
Stinger said, “I am deeply thankful to my colleagues in the Legislature for passing this constitutional carry measure, which allows Alabamians to exercise their fundamental rights without first having to pay a gun tax in the form of permit fees. Those who still wish to purchase a permit for reciprocity with other states or other reasons continue to retain that option under this law.”
With the pendulum of politics the way it is in the U.S., the bill could be repealed with a new governor or a new batch of representatives.
Obtaining a concealed carry permit would also allow the carrier to conceal a firearm in other states that recognize Alabama’s concealed carry license; currently, 32 states recognize Alabama’s concealed carry permit.