The great state of Alabama joined the Constitutional Carry Club after Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law on Thursday. The measure becomes effective January 1, 2023. Governor Ivey seemed quite proud of her legislature and rightly so.
Here in Alabama, we dare defend our rights. And we will ALWAYS defend the right of Alabamians to keep and bear arms. Alabama Free. Alabama Strong. https://t.co/UvWD6FI3Ii
— Kay Ivey (@kayiveyforgov) March 10, 2022
If you’re wondering which party supports gun control, wasn’t a single Alabama Democrat in their House or Senate who co-sponsored or voted for the legislation.
The measure, House Bill 272, was sponsored by Republican state Rep. Shane Stringer and eliminates the need for gun owners in the state to obtain a permit from a county sheriff’s office in order to legally carry a concealed firearm in the state.
The legislation was passed last month by the Alabama House of Representatives and a variation of the bill made its way successfully through the Senate last week…
With Alabama included, there are now 22 “constitutional carry” states in America. Most recently, Iowa and Texas implemented similar measures. Last month, a Georgia Senate committee approved a bill that would allow gun owners to carry their firearms in public without a permit.
The sponsor of the bill noted some of the areas where a carry license will still be required. From WTVM via MSN:
The sponsor of the legislation, Representation Shane Stringers says permits will still be needed in certain instances.
”You’ll still need a permit for going across state lines to other states. You’ll also need a permit in anything to do with school grounds or sporting events where you parking on school grounds or maybe even going through a car line to pick up your children or grandchildren. If you have a weapon in your car, you’ll still need a permit for that.” explains Stringers.
Moms Demand Action website had no easily discernable mention of the news, nor any calls to flood Gov. Ivey’s office with calls to oppose signing.
Meanwhile, over at Everytown, the best they could do was a story buried on the Alabama page.
In their story, in their best Chicken Little voice, they cried how the sky is falling in comments attributed to a volunteer with their Alabama chapter. Again, from Everytown:
“Today’s decision flies in the face of the law enforcement officers who have committed their lives to protecting us,” said Susan Kirkpatrick, a volunteer with the Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action. “The Alabama House has ignored research, reason, and expertise — choosing violence over public safety and jeopardizing the wellbeing of our communities. This vote has moved us another step in the opposite direction of where we should be headed.”
Why does Susan want to take steps to recreate past tyrannies? Why doesn’t she want to advance towards freedom and liberty?
Maybe it’s her white privilege? After all, she’s scoffing at the idea that someone might have to actually take steps to defend their families. It sounds sort of like the personal security equivalent of saying, “just have the maid do it” for Ms. Kirkpatrick, doesn’t it?
Anyway, welcome Alabamians! Well, after New Year’s Day 2023.
C’mon Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio!