Alabama's new gun law goes into effect at midnight

Alabama's new gun law goes into effect at midnight

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Under Alabama's new gun law, you can carry a gun in your car even without a license if it is unloaded and out of reach. Source: WBRC video Under Alabama's new gun law, you can carry a gun in your car even without a license if it is unloaded and out of reach. Source: WBRC video
Licensed guns will be allowed at public and private sporting events unless there are signs posted forbidding it. Source: WBRC video Licensed guns will be allowed at public and private sporting events unless there are signs posted forbidding it. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Alabama's new gun law takes effect at midnight. But one of the key questions it raises may not become an issue until the first football games of the season.

Some of the changes include:

-You can now carry a gun in your car, even if you don't have a license, as long as it is unloaded and out of reach.

-You also can carry your gun to work as long as you have a license or it's during hunting season, and the gun is kept secured and out of sight.

-You can now openly carry your firearm in public places or even on private property unless the property owner posts a sign at the entrance saying no firearms allowed.

-The law allows you to carry your licensed gun into sporting events, unless the schools or teams hosting those events take certain steps.

However, even though Alabama's new gun law expressly gives you permission to carry your licensed firearm into a public or private sporting event, it also says schools and teams can keep guns out of their stadiums if they post signs at the entrance forbidding it, and if "access of unauthorized persons and prohibited articles is limited during normal hours of operation by the continuous posting of guards and the use of other security features."

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale says the new law shouldn't change anything for most high school football games.

"Local school boards are gonna have to really have the right policy and procedure in place. The entrances are gonna have to have signs posted, they're gonna have to have someone keeping a watchful eye on the front of it to meet the definition of a guard," Sheriff Hale explained.

The city of Birmingham's Parks and Recs board said the only thing that will change at Legion Field would be allowing employees to have firearms locked away in their cars, another part of the new law's new rights.

Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President for University Relations at the University of Alabama released this statement to Fox6 when we asked about guns at Bryant-Denny Stadium:

"UA is continuing to evaluate the impact of the new law on our policies. It is currently a violation of the Code of Conduct to have a gun on campus and, under current policy, guns are not allowed at athletic events."

We reached out to Auburn for reaction on guns in Jordan-Hare Stadium but haven't heard back from them today.

Governor Bentley said he wants to study the impact of this law once it's enacted and is open to working with the legislature to make changes if they're needed.

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