Alabama Legislature faces gun right bills


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature will face several gun rights bills when it convenes Tuesday for its 2013 session.

Republican Rep. Mike Jones of Andalusia is offering a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Second Amendment rights the benefit of "strict scrutiny." That would require a compelling interest before regulating gun rights and would require that any limits on guns be narrowly tailored. The legislation is patterned after a bill the National Rifle Association got passed in Louisiana.

Democratic Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden and Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville are proposing a bill that would allow workers to keep guns locked in their vehicles while at work. A group of senators is sponsoring a bill that would bar the federal government from regulating firearms and ammunition made and retained in Alabama.

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