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Police against bill that would allow anyone to carry gun in car without permit

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

A bill proposed in the Alabama legislature could mean trouble for law enforcement agencies across the state.

The proposed SB14 would “authorize a person to carry a pistol without a license on property under his or her control, in his or her vehicle, in his or her place of abode, in his or her fixed place of business, and on the property of another or a vehicle owned by another, with consent.”

Lieutenant Michael Salomonsky of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said his department will be traveling down to Montgomery, along with other departments from across the state to protest the bill.

“We’re trying to keep those checks and balances in place,” said Salomonsky. “This new bill would allow someone, anyone, to possess a gun in their car without a permit.”

The bill, which has been proposed in the Senate and is sponsored by nine different senators, would essentially extend the same rights you have in your home, to your vehicle.

Current law allows you to carry a gun in your home without a permit, and the new bill would allow you to legally carry without permit in a car, a friend’s house, or your fixed place of business.

Bill Davis, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, is strongly opposed to the bill, and said itl opens the door for a lot more mayhem than the legislators realize.

“We're totally against it because it gives anyone permission to concealed carry in a car, and police officers' lives are in enough danger already," said David. "We don't need a bunch of people doing stuff like that. It's just not feasible."

He said allowing people to carry without a permit in a car could lead to deadly situations.

“People get pulled over for a traffic citation, they’re mad already. You don’t want to escalate that to violence. And with a gun, that could happen very quickly,” said Davis.

Davis said he's been talking to several local departments in North Alabama, and they expect to have a large presence Wednesday to let state legislators know they are strongly against this bill.

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