Gun law meeting Thursday

Published 9:19pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Gun owners in Atmore who are looking for clarification concerning the recently passed Alabama gun law will get a chance to hear explanations and ask questions about the new legislation this week.

Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheryl Vickery said the chamber is partnering with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department to host a “town hall style” meeting Thursday at Atmore City Hall, in an effort to clear up any questions about what Sheriff Grover Smith has said can be a confusing law.

“There’s a lot to the new law and we know some people are confused by it,” Vickery said Monday at the Atmore City Council meeting. “We wanted to provide a way and a place for people to come and get answers.”

Vickery said Smith, who was heavily involved in the new law’s formation, will be on hand to explain what the new legislation means for local residents. Retired ATF agent Bill Blair will also be present at Thursday’s meeting, Vickery said, to present a PowerPoint presentation designed to help explain the new law and answer any questions the public might have.

The new law, which took effect Aug. 1, has been the subject of controversy and confusion. Smith said it is important for private citizens and law-enforcement agents to understand what the legislation has and has not changed, in regard to firearm regulations.

Thursday’s meeting is scheduled to run from 5:30 until 7 p.m. in the city hall auditorium, located at 201 E. Louisville Ave.

Vickery said no RSVP is required to attend the meeting and anyone seeking more information may call the chamber office at (251) 368-3305.

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