MONTGOMERY, Ala.Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) today released the following statement after SB1 and SB2 – bills aimed to preserve Alabamians’ Second Amendment rights – received favorable reports in the Senate Committee on Judiciary:

“The Second Amendment affords protection to an American individual’s right to possess a firearm and to use that firearm for traditionally lawful purposes. As an elected official who swore to uphold the constitutions of this state and country, I will always do everything in my power to preserve the rights of Alabamians, especially those granted by the Second Amendment.

“I am pleased with the efficient progress we’ve made in the Senate to move these two bills along in the legislative process, and I am proud that Senate Republicans are dedicated to working diligently to defend the rights of Alabamians. I am eager to work with my colleagues to pass these pro-Second Amendment bills and to implement safeguards that are critical to the protection of our God-given right to bear arms.”

SB1 would repeal certain restrictions on the carrying or possession of a firearm on certain property or in a motor vehicle by persons with or without a concealed pistol permit.

SB2, or the Alabama Second Amendment Protection Act, would outlaw the state and its agencies and political subdivisions from engaging in the enforcement of any federal act, law, order, rule, or regulation relating to firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition. This bill was first passed by the Senate during the 2021 legislative session.