Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT)- Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris stopped by WHNT News 19 this week to discuss some proposed gun control legislation.
A new piece of legislation has been proposed that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon in their vehicle without a permit. Many law enforcement officers are not very fond of this proposed law. Chief Morris feels that, “It’s pretty much going to give everyone an opportunity to be armed and that is kind of a scary thought. The simple fact of the matter is even though you support the 2nd amendment and everybody’s right to keep and bear arms, not everybody needs to have a gun. You have to be a responsible gun owner.”
There are many concerns to what this would mean for law enforcement officers in their day-to-day routine such as traffic stops. Chief Morris said that, “People always want to refer to it as a routine traffic stop. There is nothing routine about it. It is a traffic violation and you pull the person over, and you’re walking into the unknown. If you have a gun in the car and it happens to be in the same place as you have your registration or your license, when you open that up the officer is going to see the gun before anything else. It can lead to some tense situations. It’s going to require some additional training on the part of all individuals. Both the gun carrier and the police officers.”
Watch the four-part interview here: