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I live in Indiana and always have but for a 5 year sentence to Wisconsin. So don't take this as any comment on Alabama, ya'll decide what ya want to do there.
I carried concealed for 35 years while I had a job working at GM. It was an instant firing offense, no questions asked, I NEVER heard of any one beating the rap no matter who or what they were in the union, for carrying a firearm on company property.
Been retired 10 years now and I don't give a flip what any one else wants, says, feels, or thinks about it. I carry on my hip @3:00 and I carry what ever I want to and go where ever I want to with it on. When its cold I wear a coat and when it is not, I don't. I don't believe for a second it makes me a target any more than any other whims of the criminal mind might make someone else a target. IMHO, it probably makes me "one to pass up. wait for a duck".
I've got carry permits from Indiana and Utah both and I'm an NRA firearms instructor. Not to say that is anything special other than this ain't my first rodeo this evening. My opinions are my own and may or may not represent the NRA suggestions on the topic.
I always carry concealed just for the fact of I do not want to cause a stir or looks. I would rather stealth my way through anything unless I have no choice but to pull it out. I also carry in my truck where I can reach it if need be but you have to look to find it.
Honestly, I only conceal carry as to not stir up other people. It’s my business if I want to carry a firearm(as long as I do it safely) and I don’t want hear everybody’s comments about it. I believe that as far as tactics, open carry has a definite advantage in getting in use. But that’s a lot of hassle for a small advantage for a situation that may never happen. So it’s concealed IWB for me.
Carrying a pistol concealed in Alabama was first defined as a crime in 1838 in spite of the Constitution of Alabama 1816, Article I, Declaration of Rights excluding the matter from the powers of government.
Our current Declaration of Rights still excludes the matter of bearing arms for defense from "the general powers of government" (Article I, Declaration of Rights, Sections 26 and 36).
Montgomery Sheriff Reid was arrested for carrying a concealed pistol for defense after his life had been threatened. The Supreme Court of Alabama ignored Section 30 that excluded the matter from the powers of government and declared all laws restricting the right to be void.
The attorney general argued before the courts that carrying concealed was, "...
a practice which had been greatly promotive of violence and bloodshed".
Alabama's current criminal code defines the act of carrying a pistol concealed as a crime (C.o.A., Section 13A-11-50). Section 13A-11-73 is nothing more than a bribe to allow one to commit the crime of carrying a concealed weapon without being arrested for committing the same crime as one who does not have the same permission to commit the crime.
Public servants who support those laws instead of our Constitutions are unprosecuted felons. They have sworn in their official oaths of office to support our Constitutions but have committed first degree perjury, a class C felony, by supporting laws that violate our Declaration of Rights.
Pistol permits are supposedly issued for defense, but the Alabama Supreme Court has declared that to be an inefficient means of bearing arms for defense:
"Under the provision of ourconstitution, we incline to the opinion that the Legislature cannot
inhibit the citizen from bearing arms openly, because it authorizes him to bear them for the purposes of defending himself and the State, and it is only when carried openly, that they can be efficiently used for defence." [emphasis added]
"The act of the 1st of February, 1839, "To suppress the evil practice of carrying weapons secretly, ..." then later allowed permits to be sold to the permit holder to engage in that very same "evil practice".
Attorney Generals of our state now violate their oath of office to support laws that allow selling permits to commit what they call in court, "an evil practice conducive of violence and bloodshed" instead of supporting our Declaration of Rights.