In a surprising move from a rather conservative progun state, Alabama Department Of Transportation has just made it into law that firearms are strictly prohibited at all ALDOT rest stops. This grave error poses great risks to travelers as they will be subjected to fines, arrests, and now possible targets in yet another gun free zone.
This move by ALDOT completely ignores the concealed and open carry laws of the state. Signs will be posted soon that have the words “no weapons beyond this point”.
As we here at guns’n’freedom well know that the second amendment is our right to carry, the ALDOT has used Alabama Code Section25-1-59(c) to give them the authoritative power to “prescribe any reasonable rules and regulations … prevent unnecessary trespassing upon or injury to any of the public roads, bridges, or highways of the state …”
ALDOT also wrote 450-3-1-.08(3) with the partial note “No person other than a duly authorized law enforcement officer shall enter any Alabama Department of Transportation building with a firearm … ”
This law contradicts Alabama section code 13A-11-61.3 which lends power to the Legislature for complete control over every rule and regulation as pertaining to firearms and all according laws throughout the state.
CT words it like this,
The only possible way that the ALDOT could legitimately interpret the law to allow themselves to implement gun-free zones at rest areas is if they view all gun owners as trespassers or threats to cause “injury to public roads,” both of which are laughable.
State Rep. Barry Moore said, “I think that’s certainly an overstep. The Second Amendment is pretty clear: (government) SHALL not infringe. It seems like more and more, government tends to infringe on our right to bear arms. If anything I think we need to be getting rid of gun-free zones, not creating more of them.”
State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw agreed, speaking out against gun-free zones in general in the wake of the recent terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Holtzclaw did say, “I believe that, nationwide, we’ve created these gun-free zones and cowards that want to be a martyr for their cause are attracted to them because they know that they’re going to be more successful in whatever form of terrorism or activism that they are trying to accomplish. So when we label a gun-free zone, we actually create a killing field for those people who obviously aren’t going to follow a law like that.”
This yields one path, for gunowners throughout AL to call the Legislature and demand they pull the leash of the DOT and show them the real law. Maybe even a protest should be in order for such idiotic laws as these… Spread the Word
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