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Gun owners react to new state gun laws

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With the new law, you can take your gun to work as long as you keep it locked in your car and have a concealed weapons permit. With the new law, you can take your gun to work as long as you keep it locked in your car and have a concealed weapons permit.
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

The new gun law in Alabama is now in effect. With the new law, you can take your gun to work as long as you keep it locked in your car and have a concealed weapons permit. The law will also make it harder for sheriffs to deny applicants a permit.

You can also carry an unloaded gun in your car without a permit, but the gun must be out of reach. The law also lowers the age to 18 to get a concealed weapon permit.

"I really feel like it's going to be a good thing," said Mike Wiley, he's owned guns all his life.  "I'm proud of the legislature and what they've accomplished."

Now that Senate bill 286 is now a state law, gun owners said it's a brand new day.

"I think it takes us forward it clarifies a lot of what people thought they knew and maybe really didn't," said Russell Durling. He's the owner of Last Resort Guns in Madison.

Mackenzie Wilson wore his handgun on his hip in public for the first time Thursday. 

"Nobody gave me a cross look, everybody was polite," he said. "I don't think anybody actually asked me why I was carrying a gun on my hip or anything." 

These gun owners agree the gun law is a step forward, but there is one part of it they are jammed on. It's the part of the law where 18-year-olds are allowed to have a concealed carry permit.  

"There's a lot of 18-year-old kids that I don't think are mature enough to use a squirt gun let alone a hand gun," Wiley said. 

"As a federal licensed fire arm holder, I can't sell a handgun to an 18-year-old, nor can I sell an 18-year-old handgun ammunition," Durling said. "So we're licensing someone to carry a concealed weapon, which he's not legal to purchase, nor is it legal for him or her to purchase the ammunition. So that causes me a moment's pause."

These gun owners said this law is for responsible people who don't want to turn the state to something you'd see on the small screen.

"I don't believe you will see people walking down the street like the Wild West and the gun fights," Wiley said. "I think this is mainly for the responsible gun owners."

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