|City of Millbrook to provide ‘No Firearms Allowed’ signs to local businesses|
|Written by News Desk|
|Saturday, 07 September 2013 08:24|
Special to the Indy
On August 1, 20013, Senate Bill 286 Act 2013-283 went into effect. This Bill amends 10 different sections of the Code of Alabama 1975, as they pertain to firearms, who may carry a firearm, where a firearm may be carried, and under what circumstances they may or may not be carried. This Bill will have a great impact on our local businesses and business owners. Business owners have a right to restrict people from bringing firearms into their businesses, if they wish to do so.
Firearms may not be carried or possessed in any of the following places, not even by permit holders, unless with the express permission of a person or entity with authority over the premises:
(This includes open carry or concealed carry and all types of firearms)
1. Inside of a building of the police, sheriff, or highway patrol station.
2. Inside or on the premise of a prison, jail, halfway house community corrections facility, or some other detention facility for those charged with or convicted of a criminal offense; including juvenile offenses.
3. Inside or on the premises of a facility which provides inpatient or custodial care for psychiatric, mental, or emotional disorders.
4. Inside a courthouse, courthouse annex, a building where the District Attorney's office is located, or a building where the county commission or city council is currently having a regularly scheduled or special called meeting.
5. Inside any facility hosting an athletic event not related to or involving firearms, which is sponsored by a private, or public elementary or secondary school, or any private or public institution of post secondary education or professional athletic events.
Exception: Although the Section 8(a) says even persons with a concealed weapons permit cannot carry firearms into places in this section; there is an exception for permit holders in this subsection.
Note – Subsection 5 includes public and private elementary, secondary and post secondary schools, or hosting athletic events or professional athletic events; unless the person has a permit.
Subsection 6(b) prohibits the possession of a firearm inside of any building or facility to which access of unauthorized persons and prohibited articles is limited during normal business hours of operation by the continuous of guards and the use of other security features, including but not limited to magnetometers, key cards, biometric screening devices, or turnstiles or other physical barriers.
In short, should a business owner wish to not have patrons bring firearms into their business; one must post signage that a reasonable person would be able to observe at the business entrances and follow the guidelines listed in Section 6, subsection 6(b) of Senate Bill 286. Should a person disregard the signage and enter the business armed; management has every right to ask the offending person to leave the premise immediately. Should the person refuse; that person could then be charged with Criminal Trespass.
The City of Millbrook will provide signs (pictured above), stating that firearms are prohibited, to the owners of local businesses requesting them. There will be no charge for the signs. Business owners wishing to obtain signs may pick them up at the following locations; the Millbrook Police Department, City Hall, or the Millbrook Chamber of Commerce.
"Shortly after this new legislation was signed into law, Mayor Al Kelley and I had a discussion about how the changes in these laws would impact our citizens, particularly our local business people," Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson said. "Laws are constantly changing, which requires law enforcement to stay updated and train our people accordingly. In this case we want our business people to know what they can do to help themselves. My staff and I will be available to meet with our business people and assist them on becoming educated with regard to the changes in the laws pertaining to firearms."
Millbrook personnel are currently being trained on these changes. The public, particularly those that carry firearms, should become familiar with Senate Bill 286 Act Number 2013-283. The easiest way to do so is to type Alabama Senate Bill 286 into just about any computer search engine.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2013 09:19|
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