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Joe Wheeler State Park, Rogersville, AL

In Lauderdale County, AL, the county commissioner is making a few changes to two public parks – Wheeler Dam campground on Alabama 101 near Elgin, and Brush Creek on Lauderdale 14 in the Wright community, east of Waterloo. Namely, the removal of signs banning guns from the recreation area as listed in the posted rules and regulations of the parks.

Florence attorney Chris Smith made the recommendation to the commission after he reviewed the Code of Alabama and the new Alabama firearms and weapons laws and regulation.

“I have looked at state laws dealing with the signs. The state law creates exceptions where the right to carry can be limited; public parks are not exceptions,” Smith told the commission and members of the Shoals Second Amendment Group during a recent meeting. “It is my recommendation to remove that portion of the signs.”

Jeff Hopper, President of the Shoals Second Amendment Group said he brought the issue to the commission after a member of his group saw the restrictive sign at Brush Creek Park.

“I appreciate the commission for getting the issue taken care of,” Hopper said. “It was a pleasure dealing with them.”

“We’re happy and glad to work with the Second Amendment Group,” County Commissioner Joe Hackworth said. “When the issue was first brought up, I said then we just need to follow the law. That’s what we’re doing.”

Although Hopper remains humble when referring to his actions, saying, “All we were asking the commission to do was research the law and come in compliance, and they did,” this is another example of how one group of citizens can make a difference.

Well done, guys!