Alabama House to Vote on Allowing Concealed Handguns without Permit

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The Alabama House of Representatives could vote soon on legislation to do away with the requirement for a person to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public.

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said there is a good chance representatives will vote on the bill as early as Tuesday.

The bill would do away with permits to carry a handgun in public under clothes or in a purse or bag.

Gun-rights groups argue that people shouldn’t have to get a permit and pay a fee to carry a handgun they legally own.

Law enforcement officials argue that the permits provide a crucial tool to combat crime and enhance public safety.

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