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Alabama Elections 2014 | Voters approve right to bear arms state amendment

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment to make gun ownership a fundamental right.

The measure called Amendment 3 won easily in statewide balloting Tuesday.

The Republican-backed amendment used language from the National Rifle Association.

The measure would make owning firearms a fundamental right in Alabama. It would also require that measures to control firearms would have to pass the toughest review by state courts.

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Supporters say the amendment was needed to guard against overreaching gun control. Opponents say the proposal could lead to a dismantling of existing limits on gun possession and ownership.

Louisiana and Missouri have approved similar measures.

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