SB 129, omnibus firearms reform legislation, seeks to restore and protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Alabama by addressing the following issues:
1.No employer may prohibit the otherwise lawful possession, transportation or storage of firearms or ammunition that is kept out of sight within the locked or attended private means of conveyance of an invitee who is otherwise permitted to operate or park the conveyance on the property.
2.Removes the requirement to obtain a pistol permit to carry a pistol in a vehicle.
3.Shifts the current “May Issue” concealed carry permitting system to a “Shall Issue” permitting system and requires that a Sheriff must issue the permit within thirty days, as long as the person applying for the permit is not prohibited by federal law.
4.The permit to carry a concealed pistol shall be good for one to five years (decided on by the person seeking the permit to carry).
5.States that sheriffs shall use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to run a background check on a concealed pistol permit applicant.
6.Allows for all other valid state-issued permits to carry a concealed firearm to be recognized in Alabama. Strengthens Alabama’s current firearms preemption by giving the state legislature complete control over regulation and policy pertaining to firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories in order to ensure that such regulation and policy is applied uniformly throughout the state.