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Tuberville joins legislation to protect gun rights

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville has signed onto legislation designed to protect Alabamians and Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

The bills are “Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today Act”(SHORT Act) and the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.”

The SHORT Act comes in response to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) “Stabilizing Braces Rule.” This new ATF rule would “reclassify millions of commonly owned pistol braced firearms as illegal short-barreled rifles and shotguns under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968, making them subject to significant legislation.”

The SHORT act, according to Tuberville (R-Auburn), “would stop the unconstitutional taxation, registration, and regulation of certain firearms such as short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and any other weapons” from the ATF’s new rule.

“The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,” gives those with concealed carry permits the “ability to exercise those rights in any other state that allows concealed carry while still abiding by that state’s laws.”

Tuberville said this will make sure that state-issued concealed-carry permits are treated like a driver’s license. This means that individuals can use their home state’s concealed-carry permit to carry in another state as long as they are adhering to that state’s concealed-carry laws.

“Thousands of law-abiding Alabamians proudly exercise concealed carry privileges for their personal safety, and I’m proud to join legislation that strengthens these protections for them and millions of other Americans,” Tuberville said.

Fellow Alabama Sen. Katie Britt also helped to introduce the SHORT Act and the “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.”

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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