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May 9, 2013

State House, Senate still negotiating on gun law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The main gun bill before Alabama lawmakers is headed to a compromise committee of senators and representatives.

Sen. Scott Beason, the Senate sponsor, says he couldn't sign off on the version that House members passed late last week after reaching a compromise that involved law enforcement leaders and the National Rifle Association.

Beason, a Gardendale Republican, says he wants a few changes to details about when an employee can keep a gun in his or her car while at work and when a citizen can carry a weapon at a public gathering. The two chambers are in agreement on other provisions, such as making it harder for a sheriff to deny a concealed weapons permit.

After today, legislators will meet just one more day, May 20.

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