The Alabama House Tuesday approved a bill ending the requirement to have a permit in order to carry a concealed pistol. The vote was 65-37 and fell largely along party lines. The sponsor, Rep. Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle), said the bill is simple. "It basically allows law-abiding citizens that are able to own a firearm, the ability to carry that firearm in their persons or their vehicles for protection." Democrats and some Republicans expressed concerns that the bill could endanger the lives of law enforcement officers and others. The bill now heads to the Senate.