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Thursday, February 11, 2010

SBR Ban Revisited

Thanks to some information from my good friend Johnson, here's the scoop on the SBR ban in Alabama. The Code of the State of Alabama, Section 13As-11-63, states:

(a) A person who possesses, obtains, receives, sells, or uses a short-barreled rifle or a short-barreled shotgun is guilty of a Class C felony.

(b) This section does not apply to a peace officer who possesses, obtains, receives, sells, or uses a short-barreled rifle or a short-barreled shotgun in the course of or in connection with his official duties.

So, this bill was not reciprocal as I had originally thought. I'm shocked that it passed by a vote of 97-2!

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Blogger David said...

You were originally right in a way. The bill "House Bill 2" (HB2 on ALISON website), tries to align Alabama Law with Federal Law for all NFA weapons, it passed 97-2, and adds to the above an exclusion for firearm owners that have properly registered their firearms with ATF (thus legalizes federally register ownership). The registration includes fingerprints, background check, Chief Law Enforcement Officer signature, and $200 tax stamp.
The current Alabama Law just criminalizes law abiding class 3 owners and only endangers those citizens and all others from protecting themselves. As a law enforcement officer and veteran of Navy Special Teams their is no better protection than an SBR or SBS in a dwelling tactically, and these weapons are precise enough to workout to the longest of expected engagement ranges. As a LEO we do our best but 24/7 instantaneous response is only possible by armed citizens. For Alabama families and for families of law enforcement why not use the weapon that is designed to be the best at taking life in small areas (ie. doorways) if someone is trying to take yours and your families lives illegally and by force, shouldn't your loved ones be protected. House Bill 2 is a great Bill and protects part of our most important right, the right to bear arms.

The Bill is in the Senate now and will not become law unless all of us call Lowell Barron (he controls the calendar I have heard) and respectfully ask for his support, and our other Alabama Senators to let them know how we feel. If this Bill does not pass then maybe it is time locally to clean our congressional house.

In a state that believes in the Second Amendment, it is unfathomable why SBR/SBS's were ever banned in the first place.

March 16, 2010 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Thank you for your service.
I think we can both agree that any law that further encourages firearm ownership is a good thing. Your insight into the usefulness of SBRs/SBSs is very enlightening to me.

I agree that it is a travesty that a state like Alabama would have laws like this that are so restrictive. It's embarrassing, besides unconstitutional.

Thank you for your comment.

March 16, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

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