BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Local law enforcement is working to get illegal guns off the streets.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama is cracking down on gun crime and they said Jefferson County Police Departments frequently find illegal firearms on the streets, but they said that could change once the new port-unlicensed law comes into force in January. 1st 2023.
Birmingham Police alone have already collected 833 firearms this year. But U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Prim Escalona said she believes the new law will make it harder to determine if a gun is illegal and then recover it. She said that to help keep guns out of the wrong hands, it’s important that legal gun owners start locking up their guns and not leaving them in the car.
“Alabama will become a constitutional state at the end of this year,” Escalona said. “One thing that I know local law enforcement is concerned about is just breaking into cars and stealing guns. It’s really incumbent on the legitimate people to take steps to make sure that illegal firearms do not end up on the streets.
“Responsible gun owners are really going to have to make sure they take steps to secure their firearms,” she said.
The law prohibiting the permit comes into force on January 1, 2023.
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