Gun Bill Fails in Alabama House Commitee

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By Alabama News Network

Members of a legislative committee have shot down a bill to let people carry loaded handguns in their cars without a concealed carry permit.


The House Public Safety Committee didn't advance the bill Wednesday after several sheriffs and police chiefs said they were concerned that it could lead to more violence.


No lawmaker seconded a motion to approve the bill, meaning it is dead for the session.


Republican Sen. Scott Beason says he's disappointed. Beason says people should not have to pay a fee to keep a loaded gun in their car.


Beason offered to change the bill so people could get a lifetime permit to keep a loaded weapon in their vehicle. People would still have to undergo a background check, but not pay a fee.


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