House OKs concealed handguns without permit; bill moves to Senate

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Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation ending the requirement for a person to get a permit in order to carry a concealed handgun in public.

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 65-37 for the bill, which now moves to the Alabama Senate.

Gun rights advocates have championed the proposal, arguing people shouldn’t have to get a permit, which requires a background check and paying a fee, to carry a handgun they legally own.

Many state sheriffs and other law enforcement officials have opposed the legislation, arguing that the permits provide a crucial tool to combat crime and enhance public safety.

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2/22/2022 11:23:35 PM (GMT -6:00)

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