(WTVM) - Gun laws are front and center inside Alabama's state legislature with the goal to make it easier to carry loaded weapons in the state. A newly proposed bill would allow loaded pistols to be carried in cars without a permit.
Gun rights advocates say last year's major gun reforms did not go far enough. The current law allows for rifles and shotguns to be carried, but citizens with pistol permits could only have those guns stored away from the driver and unloaded.
This is something that the bill's sponsor, Senator Scott Beason says doesn't make sense.
"In my opinion, the castle doctrine should extend to your car and that means you'll be able to use your pistol in a usable fashion. It doesn't do you any good if it's unloaded, out of reach, out of the way," says Sen. Beason.
However, opponents say the private property argument doesn't apply when you're in a public place, like on a highway or a street.
"I don't think this has anything to do with the second amendment rights when you have the right to carry a weapon off your property. An automobile is not a part of your home. It's a part of the public property when you get out on it," says Bobby Timmons, Executive Director of the Alabama Sheriff's Association.
The senate committee will vote on this bill next Wednesday.
If the bill is approved, this will be the second year in a row the legislature has voted to make it easier to carry guns in the state of Alabama.