State Supreme Court won’t revisit open-carry rule

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The state’s highest court will not hear a challenge to an Alabama law allowing residents to openly carry firearms, according to an announcement last week.

The Alabama Supreme Court issued the denial in response to a challenge brought by the City of Jacksonville, after a man convicted of violating a state law which prohibits “carrying a pistol on premises not one’s own or under his control”  was exonerated by the high court, which also struck down the law as constitutional.

A Calhoun County man named James Dean Tulley was confronted by a security guard outside a bank in Jacksonville while carrying a gun, which led to Tulley’s original charges. The Supreme Court reversed that conviction in September and denied Jacksonville’s appeal last week, making the ruling final, for now.

The City of Jacksonville asked the court to re-hearing the case. In a written brief to the court, the cit agreed with the justices that the law is unconstitutional.

They argued, however, the court should not make their ruling retroactive and affirm Tulley’s conviction. The nine-member panel denied the city’s request for a new hearing and upheld their reversal of the conviction under the law.

J.D. Lloyd, an attorney for Tulley, said he believes the ruling represents the end of the review for both the case and the law.

“Everything should be over. I’m not sure what the City’s going to try to do, but Jason should be done for good with this case. There’s really nothing else that they can do,” he said.

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