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New Alabama gun laws are now in effect, and causing some confusion.

Many law enforcement agencies in Alabama are searching for clarity when it comes to the state's new gun law because they say it conflicts with federal law.

One gray area concerns school zones and whether employees would be able to leave guns in their cars, which the state law appears to allow, even though federal law bans weapons within 1,000 ft. of a school. 

An Alabama gun rights activist, Jimmy Allen, doesn't believe the new law is a hindrance to public safety as long as people are responsible.

"If we encourage responsible carry, obviously with letting people taking training classes and stuff like that, but whether you carry concealed or openly, with the way things are today, make it a point to be able to defend yourself," says Allen. 

Also under the law, businesses cannot prohibit their employees from having firearms in their cars while at work. But in order to have them on company grounds, employees must now have a license to carry a concealed weapon. 

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