Senate Passes Legislation to Prevent Local Anti-Gun Fees

By Phil Williams


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Today the Alabama Senate passed legislation by Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) to prevent local governments from implementing “gun user fees” and regulatory hurdles that are designed to make it harder for citizens to purchase guns and ammunition at fair market value.

Recently, some city councils across the country have passed onerous local fees and taxes on gun purchases. In December, Seattle’s city council passed a local tax of $25 per gun and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition, with the evident intent of discouraging gun purchases.

“My legislation is designed to protect Alabama’s citizens from rogue action at the county and municipal level to push a liberal, anti-gun agenda by imposing local fees and obstacles,” Williams remarked. “St. Petersburg, Florida is considering a fee similar to Seattle’s and my goal is to stop in its tracks any coordinated national agenda to undermine our Second Amendment rights.”

Senate Bill 135 also prohibits counties and municipalities from imposing additional restrictions on the issuance of gun permits other than those enumerated in Alabama’s current legal code. The city of Lowell, Massachusetts recently passed a law that requires applicants for handgun licenses to complete an essay detailing why they should receive approval for the license.

Senator Phil Williams represents District 10 in the Alabama State Senate, which is comprised of all or parts of Etowah, Cherokee, St. Clair, and DeKalb counties. He and his wife, Charlene, make their home in Rainbow City. Follow him on Facebook at or on Twitter for his latest legislative updates: @SenPhilWilliams