Let me begin by saying that I am not an anti-gun guy. I own several pistols/shotguns/rifles and in no way do I want the government to disarm us. That said, Alabama’s new gun law went into effect yesterday. Basically, among other things, you can now open carry a holstered pistol anywhere you want to, except places covered by Federal law like schools, banks, etc., and other State and local government buildings.
You can also openly cary around a shotgun or a rifle. This applies to public AND private property. The new law also moves us from a “may” issue State to a “shall” issue state on concealed carry permits. The local Sheriff has almost no discretion in issuing pistol permits now. This disaster waiting to happen was pushed through by the same jackass Alabama House member who has fostered other asinine legislation like our immigration law which is now under Federal Court scrutiny.
Just wonder what everybody else thinks about it and what kind of law you have in your state. Al.com has several articles about it if you want to check it out.
Mississippi is in the process of doing the same thing. I know that a lot of our law enforcement is dreading it. Actually we already had some language on the books that essentially made us an open carry state but they felt the need to re-word it and make it clearer they said. A court has put a halt to it right now and the state has ended up spending a fortune for a nothing really. I have seen many legislators say that they regret it. [/quote]
From my understanding it was an injunction by a small circuit court judge basically trying to feel important. The supreme court refused to hear it and sent it back down. Now, the injunction has passed.[/quote]
This very well may be. I haven’t actually kept up with in the past week or two.
I know that it is already afforded us by the 2nd, however through the publicizing of it with this legislation, some of the people that I know personally that are running out to buy holsters are not people that I would want having a gun in a stressful situation. I dunno but I just cant help but feel that people should have to exhibit some level of competency with their weapon and also have a decent understanding of basic defense protocol in order to strap it on their side and walk around the city streets with it.
Now, how you go about assuring that without restraining the 2nd and giving the more liberal among us tools to choke the life out of law abiding citizens ability to carry is beyond me, and realistically I don’t think it can be done.