Alabama Open Carry Law Kicks In

Alabama’s new open carry gun law takes effect tomorrow (August 1 ). Yellow Hammer State gun owners with a concealed carry license can now carry openly in public places—unless they’re prohibited form doing so (indicated by an approved sign). Click here for wnt.com‘s FAQs. Bottom line: “It shall be a rebuttable presumption that the mere carrying of a visible pistol, holstered or secured, in a public place, in and of itself, is not a violation of this section.” The University of Alabama and other football-crazed, left-leaning seats of higher learning aren’t exactly happy about the public events provision, but that’s no surprise. Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale [above] tells al.com that he’s down with open. “I support the Second Amendment to the Constitution . . .” he assures the reporter. And no “but” statement follows. How ’bout that?