Senate votes to OK guns in cars

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 26, 2010

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Two weeks after the fatal shootings at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Alabama Senate has passed legislation that would make it easier for people to keep guns in their cars.

Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville got the Senate to vote 26-2 for his bill Thursday.

The bill would ban policies that prohibit licensed guns from being locked away in private vehicles in company parking lots. Bedford said some workers want guns for safety, but more businesses are prohibiting it.

The Nation Rifle Association supports the bill, and the Business Council of Alabama opposes it. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

A UAH professor is accused of killing three co-workers and wounding three others on Feb. 12.