The political arm of the National Rifle Association the NRA-ILA publicly thanked Attorney General Luther Strange on Wednesday for his investigation into numerous complaints by Alabama residents of their second amendment rights being violated.
In a statement released by his office on Wednesday, Strange said, “The Second Amendment Rights of Alabamians must be protected and I am committed to doing so. In a number of cases, violations of Alabama’s gun laws have been corrected after my office’s review. Most notably, ALDOT has agreed to remove signs from all state rest areas prohibiting firearms.”
Strange’s office noted four investigations and their findings are below:
Alabama Department of Transportation
The attorney general’s office reviewed numerous complaints about the Alabama Department of Transportation’s (ALDOT) policy of banning firearms at state rest areas and determined that ALDOT’s firearm prohibition violates state law. After the Attorney General notified ALDOT that its policy was unlawful, ALDOT agreed to rescind its ban on firearms at state rest areas.
City of Moulton
The attorney general’s office reviewed a complaint about the city of Moulton’s prohibition of firearms at the Moulton Recreation Center and Alexander Park. As a result of the attorney general’s investigation, the city removed signs prohibiting firearms at the Moulton Recreation Center and at Alexander Park.
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
The attorney general’s office reviewed a complaint that the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office’s pistol permits included conditions that violated state law. As a result of the attorney general’s investigation, the sheriff agreed to omit the conditions and include only this language on permits: “License to carry a Revolver or a Pistol Concealed on the person or in a vehicle is hereby granted, except where State law prohibits.”
Auburn University and the University of South Alabama
The attorney general’s office reviewed a complaint that the University of South Alabama and Auburn University both prohibit the carrying of firearms by all members of the university community, including visitors. After being contacted by the attorney general’s office, both universities confirmed that they do indeed prohibit the carrying of firearms on campus. However, the Legislature has not given the attorney general’s office the authority to enforce state firearms law with respect to public universities.
The NRA-ILA statement said:
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today commended Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange for upholding the Second Amendment rights of Alabamans. After reviewing and investigating complaints from citizens about state and local policies that prevented law-abiding gun owners from exercising their Second Amendment rights, Strange issued determinations that resulted in policy changes to protect the people’s right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“Our constitutionally protected right to defend ourselves is under constant threat, in many cases by anti-gun bureaucrats or politicians who have overstepped their authority,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, I want to thank Attorney General Strange for investigating these cases and upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Alabamans. Luther is putting all state bureaucrats and localities on notice that Alabama will not tolerate any violation of our right to Keep and Bear Arms.”
In the first complaint, Strange found the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) violated state law by banning firearms at state rest stops. As a result of Strange’s determination, Governor Robert Bentley ordered ALDOT to remove all signage prohibiting the possession of lawfully carried weapons.
In the second complaint, Strange found the City of Moulton violated the state’s firearm preemption law by prohibiting firearms at the Moulton Recreation Center and Alexander Park. As a result of Strange’s determination, the City has removed signs banning guns at those locations.
In the third complaint, Strange found that the Lawrence County Sheriff was putting conditions on pistol permits that violated state law. The Sheriff has agreed to remove that language on the permits.