It’s one of the most important issues facing America today: the Constitution, and upholding the rights given to American citizens. Many believe it remains a crucial part of the country’s backbone.
At the same time, some leftist leaders believe the document either needs revision, or is outdated in a variety of ways. This is creating a major divide among the nation’s citizens.
Up until this week, there were 21 states in the union that allowed “constitutional carry.” This lets state citizens carry a pistol without a permit.
Just recently, Texas and Iowa made strides in this direction, and the Georgia Senate just approved a bill that would allow gun owners to carry weapons without a permit.
Now it’s Alabama’s turn.
They will soon become the 22nd state to enact constitutional carry, though it’s likely to draw plenty of criticism from Democrats who maintain that gun rights is a complicated and dangerous issue.
That doesn’t bother Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, though. She just signed a a law that says residents don’t need a permit to carry a concealed firearm.
As she said in a statement (via Fox News):
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.
I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do that again today.
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
House Bill 272 was sponsored by Republican state Rep. Shane Stringer, and it removes the need for state citizens to get a permit from a county sheriff’s office.
Now, gun owners can carry a pistol without that requirement, which many say is a right granted them by the Constitution of the United States.
Alabama is predominantly a Red state so the bill didn’t have much difficulty passing; it went through the House of Representatives last month, passed the Senate last week, and Gov. Ivey was quick to sign it.
Said Rep. Stringer:
I am deeply thankful to my colleagues in the Legislature for passing this constitutional carry measure, which allows Alabamians to exercise their fundamental rights without first having to pay a gun tax in the form of permit fees.
Those who still wish to purchase a permit for reciprocity with other states or other reasons continue to retain that option under this law.
The argument surrounding gun rights rages on but in Alabama, it’s a black-and-white situation: 2A is clear and it exists for a reason.
Critics of the amendment say it’s outdated and the negatives outweigh the positives in the 21st century. They insist arming more citizens is a recipe for more violence and crime, not less.
Of course, the other side vehemently disagrees and points toward states and cities with strict gun laws that have very high crime rates.
They also don’t like the idea of the government essentially disarming the populace, thereby giving state and federal authorities an open door to more control of the country’s citizens.
But either way, Alabama knows which side of the debate it stands on — and it’s likely that millions of residents agree.