Sheriff hosting class on gun laws

Published 9:07am Thursday, August 1, 2013

A new firearms law – approved by the Alabama Legislature nearly three months ago – will go into effect Thursday. The legislation affects concealed- and open-carry rules, permit issuance, when and where owners may have their guns with them and more.
One impact of the law will be that an employer can no longer bar an employee from having a loaded gun on the employer’s property – if the firearm remains out of sight and locked in the employee’s vehicle. A concealed-carry permit will still be required to carry a loaded pistol in a vehicle, but not an unloaded one that is locked in a compartment unreachable by the driver and any passengers.
The new law also guarantees that an employer will be immune to any lawsuit or claim for damages related to a firearm brought onto their property.
In addition, the law limits the discretion of sheriffs to deny applications for concealed-carry permits.
The law has brought protests from some that parts of it are unclear.
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin hopes to assist both citizens and emergency responders in understanding the intricacies of the legislation through an informational session scheduled for Thursday night.
“This will be a brief synopsis,” said Franklin. “Approximately 15 areas of concern in the bill will be discussed.”
Franklin said the session will last about 45 minutes to an hour and will present various scenarios related to different aspects of the law.
“This law will impact a lot of people’s lives,” he said. “Some of the things we’ll talk about will be how to properly carry a concealed weapon, how to carry if you don’t have a permit, what are no gun zones, etc.”
Franklin said the presentation was planned because of the number of questions his department has received concerning the new law.
“We are trying to get everyone educated about this,” he said.
The session will be held Aug. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Courtroom 1 of the Elmore County Judicial Complex. There is no charge to attend.

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