A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Whoever wrote that must be “mental,” at least if we are to believe the opinion of Alabama State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures.
In a committee hearing this week on SB 4, a Constitutional carry bill, the Democratic senator who represents Mobile, accused supporters of the legislation of having “some mental problems” during an incoherent rant.
“[W]hy would you want to do certain things that really put people at greater risk?” Sen. Davis Figures said, rhetorically, to guest speaker Todd Adkins of the NRA.
“You even want to repeal a part of the law that’s in place now about carrying weapons into a demonstration, where everyone knows that the emotions are high,” she exclaimed. “…And we also know (Arizona) Congresswoman (Gabby) Giffords was actually shot during that time, during a demonstration. Why would you want to take away the presumption of intent? That somebody could just shoot someone else and not even have intent, to repeal that. I really don’t understand it.”
None of those concerns have anything to do with SB 4, which would simply allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms without having to obtain a permit and pay the licensing fee.
The blathering continued.
“I’ve always gotten an ‘F’ from the National Rifle Association and that’s a proud ‘F’ that I receive… I just don’t understand the mentality of what you guys or – or what you guys continue to push to do,” she said. “Particularly, with all the gun violence that is happening, to allow a person to be able to get a gun who has mental problems – to me that says the person who’s pushing that has some mental problems. They don’t understand why people with mental issues shouldn’t have a weapon.”
Constitutional carry legislation does not make it lawful for prohibited persons, including those adjudicated “mentally defective,” to carry concealed firearms. As mentioned, it simply allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed as the founders intended. It’s really not that hard a concept to understand.
Sen. Davis Figures is, to be modest, deeply confused about the issue. As noted in the past, opposition to Constitutional carry fails the smell test for the following reasons:
- In Alabama, a background check is required at the point-of-sale when one purchases a firearm from a licensed dealer. Those with disqualifying mental health records will fail the background check and not be allowed to take possession of the gun. Additionally, they should be prosecuted for attempting to purchase a gun in the first place.
- Aside from in a vehicle, open carry without a permit is legal in Alabama. In other words, any lawful citizen can already carry a firearm without having to undergo another background check.
- Speaking of law-abiding citizens, they’re not the problem here! Criminals are the problem. You know, bad guy with guns! But they, as we all know, will carry concealed firearms irrespective of what the law says. Moreover, given their criminal history, they are already banned from merely possessing, let alone, carrying firearms in the first place.
- Seventeen states have passed Constitutional Carry laws and, thus far, not one has descended into chaos and disorder. Not one.
- The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
A similar bill to SB 4 cleared the Senate last year but got shot down in the House. We’ll see what happens this legislative session. Hopefully, lawmakers will see through the unfounded fears and nonsense being perpetuated by Sen. Davis Figures and her ilk.