The sponsor of the amendment, state Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, knows this, but he believes the amendment “sends a message to Washington.”
If Marsh wants to send a message, we recommend he write a letter, not amend the state constitution.
Statewide Amendment 1 is nothing more than a political stunt with no real force of law. We therefore recommend voting “no” on statewide Amendment 1.
Statewide Amendments 5 and 6 apply only to Franklin and Lauderdale counties, but are on the statewide ballot because one Alabama House member voted against them.
Both amendments, along with Limestone County’s local amendment, specify that church members in those counties can use deadly force if they feel threatened in their places of worship.
But these amendments, like statewide Amendment 1, are redundant. State law already provides that people can use deadly force in self defense or the defense of others. The state’s “stand your ground” law already applies to churches.
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