Eighteen year olds will be able carry firearms as long as they are not hidden starting Thursday when Alabama's new gun law takes effect. The age limit had been 21. A Montgomery pastor is worried the change will bring more shootings and murders.
"Death to them is not a big issue. There's not a whole regard for life," says Freewill Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Edward Nettles.
Nettles leads the crusade for the 'Enough is Enough' anti-crime campaign. Already more people have been murdered in Montgomery this year compared to last. With the new gun law taking effect Thursday that lowers the age to openly carry a gun from 21 to 18, Nettles is worried about more gunfire.
"I don't think people even realize that the young people, 18, 19 year olds, have an issue when they feel disrespected that they will do something," he says.
Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy says he's not worried about the new law.
"Criminals are going to continue to break the law. A law abiding 18-year-old citizen who follows the rules and doesn't violate the rights of others is not going to turn to a life crime," Murphy says.
But Nettles says many 18, 19 and 20 year olds may not be mature enough to carry a gun especially when this new law does not require any training.
He says law enforcement beware.
"I think that with this new gun law, they have more work cut out for them," he says.
Chief Murphy says he will not be beefing up patrols in places where teenagers and young adults hang out like the movie theaters and the malls. He says if he starts to see any trends caused by the new law, he will follow suit.
This law does not allow anyone under the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon or buy a gun.