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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Rep. Alvin Holmes, D – Montgomery, called the state's new gun law that expanded the right of individuals to carry firearms openly, "crazy."

"We can't make Alabama the wild wild west" Holmes said during an interview Tuesday. "That's why I filibustered it and that's why I voted against it."

Holmes officially filed a bill for the 2014 Regular Session to repeal the new law.

Alabama's new gun law took effect on August 1. Besides the open carry expansion, the law also allows employees of private companies to take their guns to work with them and leave them in their car, unloaded, and separate from the ammunition.

"We need to do more to take guns off the streets" Holmes said. He argued that there is too much crime in Alabama, especially in African-American communities, and the state must do more to take guns off the streets.

Rep. Holmes said he expects there to be some bipartisan support for his bill because many lawmakers "caught hell when they returned to their districts" after the Regular Session ended back in May.

Rep. Mike Hubbard, R – Auburn, the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, released a statement making it clear that he wouldn't support a repeal of the gun law.

In the state, Rep. Hubbard wrote, "Rep. Holmes' is simply following the lead of Barack Obama and the Democrat Party as they work to repeal the rights of gun owners here, in Alabama, and across the country. " The statement continued, "Thanks to the Republican Legislature, however, Alabamians' Second Amendment rights are more secure than ever, and we will continue to prioritize and protect those rights whenever and wherever possible."

Lawmakers will return for the next Regular Legislative Session in January.

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