State Rep. Alvin Holmes Introduces Bill to Repeal New Gun Law

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By Ashley Thompson

Alabama's newly passed gun law, which allows people to carry an exposed weapon in public places without a permit, has had people divided on the law since it went into effect in August.
 

Now, a lawmaker is leading efforts to repeal the law.

Representative Holmes tells us he wants to make it clear that he supports the Second Amendment but does not support the current gun law.

 

House Bill 18, sponsored by Representative Alvin Holmes, aims to repeal the recently passed gun bill, a bill he says creates a more dangerous environment.

"I don't know no state in the nation where you can just walk in Wal-mart with a 38 on your side or walk in the mall," he says. "I mean, that's what they did in the Wild West so this will repeal that."

The current law allows people the right to carry an exposed weapon without a permit. Holmes tells us his bill would allow people to carry a concealed weapon...but the gun owner must have a pistol permit. Some people we spoke with say they would support Holmes' bill.

"I feel like it's very unsafe, especially for kids to see it or to walk around with it," student Kezia Swift says of the current gun law. "It's unsafe for everybody."

But others say they want the current law left alone.

"A dishonest person, no matter what laws you pass, is still going to get what he wants and is going to do what he wants with it," says Montgomery resident Robert Bigger.

 

Holmes tells us he believes the gun bill passed in the first place because some lawmakers were pressured by gun-rights lobbyists to vote in favor of it. He says he believes many of those who voted for the bill, didn't really understand it at the time.

 

"Many of them had not read the bill fully so therefore they want the bill repealed," he says. "Most members of the legislature, both black and white, republican and democrat want the bill repealed but a lot of them don't want to lead the efforts."

So Holmes says he will lead the efforts.

Though people continue to be split on the issue.

"You know you can have weapons in your house, but not just carry it anywhere you want to carry it to," says resident Marvin Hardy. "I don't think that's right."

"If I'm in a Wal-mart and somebody comes in and starts shooting, I think it would be awesome if somebody else was there to shoot back," says Holly Chastain.





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