House to vote on allowing concealed handguns without a license | National policy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives may soon vote on legislation to remove the requirement for a person to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said there was a good chance Representatives would vote on the bill as early as Tuesday. House Republicans, who hold a lopsided majority in the chamber, have named the legislation a priority for the year.

The bill would eliminate permits for people who carry a handgun under their clothing or in a purse or bag when out in public. It would also remove the current requirement for people without concealed carry permits to keep handguns unloaded and secured while driving.

The bill has been championed by gun rights groups who argue that people shouldn’t have to get a license, which requires paying a fee, to carry a handgun they own. legally. State sheriffs and other law enforcement officials have opposed the legislation, arguing that the permits are a crucial tool for fighting crime and improving public safety.

According to Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trust, 21 states allow the concealment of weapons in public without a permit. If approved in the House, the bill will then go to the Senate.

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