ATLANTA — An overhaul of Alabama's gun laws is on the way to Gov. Robert Bentley, who is expected to sign the proposal.
The House approved the final version 73-28 Monday afternoon.
Under the plan, employees would be able to have firearms in their cars at work, and businesses couldn't be sued for any harm resulting from the use of those weapons.
Loaded weapons could be carried in cars by anyone with a concealed carry permit. A driver could carry an unloaded weapon, as long as it is out of reach, even without a permit.
Sheriffs would have to issue a written justification for denying a concealed weapons permit, and denials could be appealed. Sheriffs now have complete discretion over requests for permits.
Lawmakers must adjourn the annual session by midnight.