Bills to allow employees to store guns in their cars at the workplace were shot down this Legislative session, but a powerful state senator said he will reload and pursue similar legislation next year.

The Alabama Legislative session ended May 15 without the House and Senate bills com­ing up for a vote. Time just ran out: amendments were tacked onto the Senate ver­sion late last week and there weren't enough days left in the session for the bill to work through committees and then both chambers.

"Late in the session bills can get held up, competing with 200 other bills trying to come out," said state Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville. "I wholeheartedly sup­port the bill, and hope to work with the NRA next ses­sion to introduce similar leg­islation."

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