Alabama Gov Signs Permitless Concealed Carry Law

Permitless concealed carry of a handgun is now legal in Alabama
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Alabama’s Gov. Kay Ivey signed House Bill 272 into law on Thursday allowing permitless concealed carry of a handgun.

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The new law was championed by gun rights advocates who say people shouldn’t have to pay for a permit for something that’s already a constitutional right.

“Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law abiding citizens, Alabama is reaffirming our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” Ivey said in a statement. “I have always stood up for the rights of law abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do that again today.”

But state sheriffs and others in law enforcement opposed the law saying permits help fight crime and enhance public safety.

Last year, six states – Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas and Utah – enacted permitless carry measures, according to the Pew Research Center.

Opponents of permitless concealed carry laws point to research from the National Bureau of Economic Research, which found that states that have passed permitless carry legislation have seen increases in gun violence.