Alabama Right to Bear Arms, Amendment 3 (2014)

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Amendment 3
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Alabama Constitution
Referred by:Alabama State Legislature
Topic:Firearms
Status:On the ballot
2014 measures
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The Alabama Right to Bear Arms, Amendment 3 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

If approved by voters, the constitution would be amended to explicitly "provide that every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right would be subject to strict scrutiny." Additionally, it would "provide that no international treaty or law shall prohibit, limit or otherwise interfere with a citizen's fundamental right to bear arms."[1]

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title of this measure appears as follows:[2]

Statewide Amendment 3

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right would be subject to strict scrutiny; and to provide that no international treaty or law shall prohibit, limit, or otherwise interfere with a citizen's fundamental right to bear arms. (Proposed by Act 2013-267)

Yes ( )
No ( )
[3]

Ballot summary

The full ballot summary reads as follows:[4]

Amendment 3 provides that every citizen has the fundamental right under the State Constitution to bear arms in defense of himself or herself and the State. Amendment 3 also provides that this right would be entitled to the highest protection of the law.

Amendment 3 also protects a citizen from being compelled by any treaties or laws of another country to take an action which would prohibit, limit, or otherwise interfere with his or her right to bear arms if that treaty or law would violate the United States Constitution.

If Amendment 3 IS PASSED, the right to bear arms will be elevated under the State Constitution to a fundamental right and given the highest possible protection. This right will also be provided with additional protection from potential interference by international treaty or foreign law.

If Amendment 3 IS DEFEATED, the right to bear arms in Alabama will still exist in the State Constitution, but will not be declared as a fundamental right and may not be subject to the highest possible protection. The right to bear arms will also not be protected from potential interference by international laws and treaties.

No source of funding is required for this law.

The measure will have no impact on taxes.

The Constitutional authority for passage of this Amendment is set forth in Sections 284, 285, and 287 of the State Constitution. These sections outline the way a constitutional amendment may be put to the people of the State for a vote. [3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Alabama Constitution

According to Article 18 of the Alabama Constitution, both houses of the Alabama State Legislature were required to pass the bill by a three-fifths or 60 percent vote, in order to send it to the statewide election ballot. If the amendment is approved by a simple majority of the electorate, it will become part of the constitution.[5]

On April 30, 2013, the Alabama House approved HB 8 by a vote of 76 to 22. The Senate followed suit on May 20, 2013, passing the bill by a vote of 25 to 4.[5]

House vote

April 30, 2013 House vote

Alabama HB 8 House vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 76 77.55%
No2222.45%

Senate vote

May 20, 2013 Senate vote

Alabama SB HB 8 Senate vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 25 86.21%
No413.79%

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