Representative Shane Stringer of Mobile is sponsoring a bill entitled the “Alabama Firearms Protection Act,” that’s intended to block state and local authorities from enforcing any new gun control laws passed by Congress OR gun regulations ordered by the president.
Stringer – a former police chief – says he wants to protect Alabamians from any loss of their rights to have guns.
That bill applies to federal laws or regulations passed after January 1st of this year (2021) – those would include all regulations on ownership, use and possession of guns, ammunition, and accessories such as magazines, telescopic and laser sights, flash or sound suppressors, folding or aftermarket stocks and grips, speed loaders, ammunition carriers, and lights for target illumination.
The bill currently has 17 Republican co-sponsors.
Meanwhile, Senator Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa is sponsoring a similar bill – both bills await approval by committees before lawmakers can vote on them.
Other states have passed legislation intended to block enforcement of federal gun laws, and some of those have been blocked by courts; Article VI from the U.S. Constitution states that federal law is the supreme law of the land and that states are bound by it regardless of state laws to the contrary.
However Stringer’s bill says that a citizen could file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office stating a local or state agency has violated the prohibition on enforcing a new federal gun law or regulation and the Attorney General could petition a court for a ruling. If a court found that the agency had broken the law, that agency would then be deprived of State Tax revenues and grants for a year.