Bronze Star License Plate – I left the Contract Review Committee meeting early – turning the meeting over to the co-chair, in order to attend the Commerce, Utilities and Transportation Committee meeting at 9 AM. A bill I had in the committee, which passed unanimously, creates a Bronze Star license plate for Alabama veterans who have been awarded the Bronze Star. I know several veterans that have been awarded this medal and I am honored to be able to sponsor the legislation.
The Senate went into session at 10AM and immediately began debating SB286, the Omnibus Gun Bill. After almost 7 hours of debate the bill passed in 27 – 5 vote (4 democrats voted in favor of the bill, all 5 of the no votes were democrats).
My goal in supporting this bill – beside the obvious of supporting our 2nd Amendment Rights – is that our current laws unnecessarily place law abiding citizens in conflict with law enforcement in several areas. This was a broad based bill and several amendments were offered throughout the almost 7 hours of debate. Amendments ranged from requiring a serial number to be added to all gun accessories such as magazines (for tracking purposes according to the bill sponsor???) to limiting the cost of a concealed to carry permit to $1.
I opposed any amendments that limited 2nd Amendment rights in any way. I supported amendments that strengthened a business owner’s position with regard to liability in a case where an employee might retrieve a firearm from their car and cause harm to other employees. This is a key component of this legislation as this bill attempts to address the intersection of personal property owner rights (the business owner) and individual 2nd Amendment Rights. Currently, as a condition of employment, a business owner can prohibit an employee from transporting a firearm in their car that is parked with the firearm locked in the car, in the employee parking lot. It is my intent to support both sets of rights – property owner and individual – as best possible – and the amended bill accomplishes this. I will post a link to the amended bill once one becomes available (it will take Legislative Resource Service a day or two to compile the amendments).
Some closing thoughts – I continue to get caught up on emails but was notified that the email address firstname.lastname@example.org was not working properly. I was able to get that corrected with tech support for my website hosting service today and apologize for any inconvenience to those that had an email returned via that email address...honestly, I was not blocking anyone!
My wife and I plan to run the Chick Fila 5K in Athens on Saturday morning, benefiting the Bridge of Hope Adoption Ministry.This will be my third 5K this year and I have set an ambitious goal of a 25 minute run time...we will see!