MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - An Alabama Senator is working to change a controversial state law. Republican Senator Scott Beason sponsored a bill aimed to let people carry a loaded pistol in their car without a concealed carry permit.
Beason said Wednesday that people should not have to pay for their 2nd amendment right to carry their weapons.
The current law allows people to carry their pistol in their vehicle without a permit, but the weapon has to be unloaded, locked away and out of reach. Beason said the unloaded weapon is of no use to the driver. His bill would give permit holders permission to take their pistols with them in their cars.
"In my opinion, the castle doctrine should extend to your car and that means you'll be able to use your pistol in a usable fashion," he said. "It doesn't do you any good if its unloaded, out of reach, out of the way."
The bill is getting strong opposition from law enforcement officers. They argue that when you're in a public place, like on a highway or a street, that has nothing to with private property.
"I don't think this has anything to do with the second amendment rights when you have the right to carry a weapon off your property," said Executive Director of the Alabama Sheriffs' Association, Bobby Timmons. "An automobile is not a part of your home. It's a part of the public property."
The gun bill is going for a senate committee vote next Wednesday.
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