Monday, April 25, 2011

Three Alabama pro-gun bills passed in their respective committees late last week.

House Bill 450, fraudulent firearms purchase prevention legislation, passed in the state House Judiciary Committee on April 20. Sponsored by state Representative Steve Hurst (R-35), HB 450 would protect lawful firearm retailers from illegal gun sting operations such as those by anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg has sent hired agents into other states to attempt illegal firearm purchases in an effort to blame federally licensed firearm retailers for gun crime in New York City and around the country.

House Bill 445, firearms destruction prevention legislation, sponsored by state Representative Blaine Galliher (R-30), has been amended with NRA-backed language to require a firearm obtained by law enforcement to be transferred and sold at a public auction by the Department of Public Safety with proceeds being deposited into the general fund. Prior to the sale, the Department of Public Safety must use reasonable efforts to determine and return a firearm to its lawful owner if was lost or stolen.

House Bill 516, gun owner privacy protection legislation, sponsored by state Representative Micky Hammon (R-4), would prohibit medical practitioners from requiring patients to divulge information about private firearm ownership. HB 516 would then bar them from denying medical care to patients who refuse to disclose such information about firearms, ammunition or storage methods.

Both HB 445 and HB 516 passed in the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee on April 21. All three bills could receive their third reading and a vote in the Alabama House as early as this week.

Please contact your state Representative and urge him or her to support HB 450, HB 445 and HB 516.