Check this out from an email I recieved from ttgidpa The following is a bill introduced in the AL state house (looks like it's in the judiciary committee), calling for registration of all semi-automatic and automatic firearms. I recommend that you get in contact with your state representative and tell them to NOT support this unconstitutional piece of garbage. Note the bill includes up to a $50 fee for registering EACH firearm. Remember registration is always the first step before confiscation! John David Williams Page 0 1 HB600 2 87460-2 3 By Representatives Todd, Rogers, Robinson (O), Dunn, Scott, 4 Moore (M) and Hilliard 5 RFD: Judiciary 6 First Read: 05-APR-07 Page 1 1 87460-2:n:04/04/2007:LLR/tj LRS2007-149R1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 SYNOPSIS: This bill would require each person who 9 possesses an automatic or semi-automatic weapon to 10 register the weapon with the Department of Public 11 Safety pursuant to procedures established by the 12 department. This bill would define automatic or 13 semi-automatic weapon. This bill would restrict the 14 use of the information received from the 15 registrants. This bill would provide for penalties. 16 This bill would provide for the disposition of the 17 fees and penalties. 18 Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama 19 of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the 20 Official Recompilation of the Constitution of 21 Alabama of 1901, as amended, prohibits a general 22 law whose purpose or effect would be to require a 23 new or increased expenditure of local funds from 24 becoming effective with regard to a local 25 governmental entity without enactment by a 2/3 vote 26 unless: it comes within one of a number of 27 specified exceptions; it is approved by the Page 2 1 affected entity; or the Legislature appropriates 2 funds, or provides a local source of revenue, to 3 the entity for the purpose. 4 The purpose or effect of this bill would be 5 to require a new or increased expenditure of local 6 funds within the meaning of the amendment. However, 7 the bill does not require approval of a local 8 governmental entity or enactment by a 2/3 vote to 9 become effective because it comes within one of the 10 specified exceptions contained in the amendment. 11 12 A BILL 13 TO BE ENTITLED 14 AN ACT 15 16 To require each person who possesses an automatic or 17 semi-automatic weapon to register the weapon with the 18 Department of Public Safety pursuant to procedures established 19 by the department; to define automatic or semi-automatic 20 weapon; to restrict the use of the information received from 21 the registrants; to provide for fees and penalties; to provide 22 for the disposition of the fees and penalties; and in 23 connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the 24 requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds 25 within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of 26 Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Page 3 1 Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, 2 as amended. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA: 4 Section 1. This Act shall be known and cited as the 5 "George Amison Jr. Act". 6 Section 2. (a)(1) Any person who possesses an 7 automatic or semi-automatic weapon shall register the weapon 8 with the Department of Public Safety pursuant to the 9 procedures established by the department. The registration 10 shall contain a description of the weapon that identifies it 11 uniquely, including all identification marks, the full name, 12 address, date of birth, and thumbprint of the owner, and any 13 other information that the department may deem appropriate. 14 The department may charge a fee for registration of up to 15 fifty dollars ($50). 16 (2) The department shall maintain the information 17 received from each registrant in an automatic or 18 semi-automatic weapon registry and information contained in 19 the registry shall be released only to law enforcement 20 officers. 21 (b)(1) Failure to register an automatic or 22 semi-automatic weapon is a Class A misdemeanor. 23 (2) Notwithstanding subdivision (1), failure to 24 register an automatic or semi-automatic weapon is a Class C 25 felony if the weapon has been used by the person in the 26 commission of a crime. Page 4 1 (c) The proceeds from the fees or fines received or 2 collected by the department or any court under this act, less 3 administration and processing costs, shall be deposited into 4 the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Fund. 5 Section 3. For purposes of this act the term 6 "automatic or semi-automatic weapon" shall mean a weapon that 7 shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to 8 shoot, a succession of bullets so long as the trigger is 9 depressed or until the ammunition supply is exhausted or a 10 weapon that fires a single bullet each time the trigger is 11 pulled, without the need to manually operate a bolt, lever, or 12 other firing or loading mechanism. The term does not include 13 any firearm modified to render the weapon permanently 14 inoperable. 15 Section 4. Although this bill would have as its 16 purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased 17 expenditure of local funds, the bill is excluded from further 18 requirements and application under Amendment 621, now 19 appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of 20 the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, because the 21 bill defines a new crime or amends the definition of an 22 existing crime. 23 Section 5. The provisions of this act are severable. 24 If any part of this act is declared invalid or 25 unconstitutional, that declaration shall not affect the part 26 which remains. Page 5 1 Section 6. This act shall become effective on the 2 first day of the third month following its passage and 3 approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.