Magazine article The New American

Alabama Open Carry

Magazine article The New American

Alabama Open Carry

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The Cullman Times out of Alabama reported on August 2 about public reaction to the state's open carry laws. You can openly carry a firearm in Alabama without any special licensing requirements, but concealed carry still requires special authorization. The 2013 law also expanded the rights of gun owners to open carry in most businesses.

Reporter David Palmer interviewed people on their views about the law and got varying responses. Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper told the Cullman Times that "some people may want to make a point that they can do this by law and certainly we recognize the right to own guns.... One of the concerns under the law now is that if you were drunk and carrying a gun you could have your license revoked. Under this law you can carry a gun, provided you're not a felon and get drunk and you don't lose the right to carry it. The old adage guns and alcohol don't mix still holds merit."

Sheriff Matt Gentry described himself as "very pro Second Amendment" and told the Cullman Times, "I want citizens to be able to protect themselves because law enforcement may be minutes away, and a citizen may only have a minute.... The most important thing to me is that you know how to properly handle your firearms so that you and others are safe."

Cullman resident Jerry Parker is a strong supporter of the law, and he told the Cullman Times that he carries a gun "for self-preservation." Parker also stressed that our increasingly violent times require fast action. "The world has changed and there are some crazy people out there. You don't have just radical Islamists, you have people targeting police officers and that's nuts in our country. …

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