MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – A bill to allow people to carry loaded pistols in their vehicles without having a concealed carry permit from the county sheriff passed a Senate vote Wednesday night and now goes to the Alabama House, according to our news partners at al.com.
The bill, SB 354, would no longer require an individual to have a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed weapon inside his or her car in Alabama. Currently, the only way to transport a handgun if you do not have a permit is for it to be unloaded and out of reach.
County Sheriffs have come out in force to show their disapproval of this bill because they say it puts officer safety in jeopardy.
“This is absurd, if this goes through you could have up to four people fully armed in a car without having any prior knowledge of that ahead of time during a traffic stop,” Morgan County Sheriff Anna Franklin told WHNT News 19 earlier this month.
There are currently four days left in the 2014 session.