Alabama is one of the most gun-friendly, conservative red states. Most folks may be surprised to learn there are several bills introduced in the 2024 Alabama legislative session to restrict gun ownership.

Danny Jones of citizen group BamaCarry identified seven Second Amendment-restrictive bills that may face their opposition: 

● HB20: Penalty for failure to inform when in possession and questioned- opposed

● HB36: To prohibit parts converting a firearm into a machine gun- opposed

● HB37: To provide for do not-sell-list- opposed

● HB48: To prohibit parts converting a firearm into a machine gun, with exceptions opposed

● HB49: Red Flag Protective Order Act- opposed

● HB72: To prohibit possession and transfer of assault weapons under certain circumstances- opposed

● HB74: Bumpstocks prohibited- opposed.

More bills are expected to be added to the watchlist by BamaCarry, some for their opposition but possibly some for their support.

The group describes itself as "Alabama's only 'No Compromise' gun rights group" that "believes every law-abiding citizen has the right to bear arms in defense of self and state."

Details and membership information are here.

BamaCarry will hold its ninth annual "Firearms Freedom Conference" on Saturday, February 24, at the Doster Center in Prattville.

Details and tickets are here.

The Doster Center is located at 424 S. Northington Street, Prattville. Doors open at 8 a.m. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The freedom conference is held annually by BamaCarry. They will lay their plans to protect the rights of gun owners in the regular session of the Alabama legislature, which began February 6. The seven bills listed above, and possibly others, will be explained at the conference.

A principal speaker will be State Rep. Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle). He sponsored the "Constitutional Carry" bill that has passed the legislature and been signed into law. It abolished the requirement to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. BamaCarry was a primary supporter of the Constitutional Carry bill.

Ann Eubank of Vestavia Hills, the chair of "Legislative Watchdogs," a conservative citizen action group, will report on the legislative session.

The conference's theme is "messaging on Alabama—where we've been, what's happening now, and what we need to accomplish—as part of a full day of networking, learning, and strengthening 2A advocacy."

State Auditor Andrew Sorrell will speak on state issues.

The group will hear from Jordan Stein, director of communications for Gun Owners of America, on national issues.

The closing speaker will be Beth Alcazar, the editor-at-large of the newsletter U.S. Concealed Carry (USCCA).

"…shall not be infringed."

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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