Alabama Concealed Carry: Gun owners consider new law

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Some gun owners are voicing concerns about Alabama’s new concealed carry law. On Thursday evening, people in Baldwin County will have an opportunity to learn more about the law and ask questions.

The law went into effect on the first of the year and allows gun owners to carry a gun without a permit. CBS News reports that Alabama is now the 25th state to pass the law.

In March of last year, Gov. Kay Ivey signed the constitutional carry law into law the same day it was passed, and now people can legally carry a concealed handgun on themselves or in their vehicles without a permit.

Until recently, Alabama was an open carry state. Guns could be carried in public as long as they were visible or unloaded and kept in a locked room in a vehicle. Only when the firearm was hidden did the permit become necessary.

If you wish to disguise wearing, a background check and permit are no longer required.

One gun owner says it’s difficult for him to support or oppose the new law.

“That’s where I’m at the limit,” said Mike Buzbee, a gun owner for over 50 years. “I think there should be some kind of checks and balances because I don’t think everyone has to carry a gun.”

Matt Morgan has been a gun owner for most of his life. He says his biggest concern is people who want to hide wearing without being properly trained.

“Especially for someone who is younger and not used to carrying a concealed weapon than someone who has been carrying almost their entire life,” Morgan said. “I mean, you can’t just license someone who’s never fired a concealed weapon, there you go, there has to be something more behind it, something extensive, more background checks and training.”

To address some of people’s concerns, the Fairhope Police Department, along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and the Baldwin County Attorney’s Office, will be hosting a free event at the Fairhope Civic Center Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the details discuss the new permitless carry law and share some gun safety tips and resources.

Click here for more information about the event.