Following moves in at least two other states, a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution would make owning firearms a fundamental right, and measures to control weapons would have to pass the toughest review by state courts.
Residents will vote in November on the proposal, sponsored by Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia. He called the amendment a dose of caution should federal gun protections erode or should Alabama politicians try to enact overreaching gun control measures.
“We want to have that very strong fundamental protection for individual gun rights,” Jones said.
But opponents say the amendment could be used to dismantle the state’s existing limits on gun ownership and possession.
“This is a gift to the gun criminals and the criminal defense lawyers that represent them,” said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Legal Action Project of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.