The Alabama Senate passed a bill today that would allow gun owners to carry and transport loaded handguns in their vehicle without a concealed carry permit.Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, said his bill strengthens the Second Amendment rights of Alabama residents.None of Alabama’s bordering states require a concealed carry permit for individuals to transport a loaded handgun in a vehicle, according to the senator.The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
“No one is required to have a permit to keep a handgun in his or her house,” Allen said in a statement today. “The Castle Doctrine states vehicles are an extension of a person’s home. Therefore, adults should have the right to carry a pistol in their car without a permit.”Currently, a concealed carry permit is required for a person to transport a loaded handgun. A background check and a fee is required to obtain the permit.
“The government should not require a citizen to pay for a permit and ask for permission before carrying a handgun in a vehicle,” Allen stated. “A single mom who works in a dangerous part of town might decide to carry a pistol in her car for personal protection, and my bill means she won’t have to spend extra money to exercise her constitutional right.”
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