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House votes to make short- barreled weapons legal

MONTGOMERY. (AP) — The Alabama House has passed a bill that would make it legal to own a short-barreled shotgun or rifle if you get a federal permit for the weapon.

The House voted 83-7 Tuesday for the bill by Republican Rep. Jeremy Oden of Cullman.

Opponents included several former law enforcement officers who argued the bill would endanger the lives of police officers.

Oden argued that the weapons are used by farmers to kill rodents and other pests because they are easy to carry.

The bill was amended to require a federal license to own a short-barreled rifle or shotgun.

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