Alabama governor signs constitutional carry bill into law

by Summer Lane

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R), has signed a constitutional carry bill into law, eliminating the need for Alabama citizens to require a license or permit to carry a handgun, according to a report from Fox News.

Gov. Ivey addressed her move to sign the bill into law in a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday: “I just signed House Bill 272, known as the constitutional carry bill, into law, defending law abiding Alabamians’ Second Amendment rights.”

Additionally, Gov. Ivey’s full statement took a swing at more progressive states that have restricted citizens’ rights to bear arms.

“Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law abiding citizens, Alabama is reaffirming our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” Gov. Ivey stated. “I have always stood up for the rights of law abiding gunowners, and I am proud to do that again today.”

According to the Fox News report, the bill itself had gained more than 40 cosponsors in the House prior to Ivey signing it into law, with Alabama becoming the 22nd “constitutional carry” state in America, along with Texas and Iowa.

In 2021, Gov. Kay Ivey signed Executive Order 724 to combat the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates, demonstrating Alabama’s willingness to adopt legislation that blue states like California or New York wouldn’t even consider. The order ensured cooperation with the Alabama Attorney General’s office, which challenged federally-imposed vaccination requirements and promised non-enforcement of federal vaccine mandates in Alabama. 

Gov. Ivey’s move to sign House Bill 272 puts Alabama in the spotlight for supporting the rights of American citizens to openly bear arms, as stated in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. “Here in Alabama,” Kay Ivey said in another Twitter statement, “We dare defend our rights…Alabama free. Alabama strong.” 

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