published Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Alabama House panel approves compromise gun bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A House Committee approved a compromise version of a bill that allows gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle. The bill has already passed the Senate, but it will have to go back to the Senate because of changes made as part of the compromise. House Commerce and Small Business Committee Chairman Republican Jack Williams of Vestavia said he expects the full House to vote on the bill next week.

The committee approved the bill after House and Senate supporters announced that various groups had reached a compromise.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said the compromise bill balances concerns of law enforcement officials while also protecting the right to bear arms.

The National Rifle Association endorsed the bill.

NRA spokesman Trevor Santos said the bill contains needed reforms.

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