Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ALABAMA EXPOSURE: Bentley Reaffirms Support for 2nd Amendment

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ALABAMA EXPOSURE: Bentley Reaffirms Support for 2nd Amendment

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Republican Gov. Robert Bentley last week was asked about gun control in response to 12 people being murdered in a Colorado theater on July 20 and to the 17 who were injured in a shooting at a downtown Tuscaloosa bar on July 17. An 18th person was shot elsewhere.

"It's such a tragedy, Colorado," Bentley said of the murders that occurred during a midnight showing of a new Batman movie in a Denver suburb. "It could happen anywhere in the United States. Just the other day you had a random shooting in Tuscaloosa. I'm very thankful that we only had some injuries and hospitalizations but we didn't have anybody killed."

Bentley said he's a "strong supporter of the Second Amendment" to the constitution.

"I'm a strong believer that people have a right to bear arms," he said. "I'm not going to change my stand on the Second Amendment. I believe in the Constitution and the right to bear arms."

Eighteen-year legislator Blaine Galliher is resigning his legislative seat to join the Gov. Robert Bentley administration. Galliher, R-Rainbow City, has been in the House since 1994, but is resigning to become Bentley's legislative director starting Wednesday.

Galliher's job will be to promote Bentley's agenda in the Legislature. He succeeds Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees who was handling the duties part time.

Galliher is chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, will have to name Galliher's successor. Two candidates have emerged, Rep. Mike Hill, R- Columbiana, and Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, said the Democratic Caucus has written a letter to Hubbard supporting Hill as Rules chairman.

The Alabama Forestry Commission has been given a reprieve at least for now on a bill for $5.1 million from Uncle Sam. Earlier this year, the U.S. Forest Service said Alabama owes $5.1 million in federal funds because Alabama can't adequately document spending some of its federal stimulus grant money. …

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