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Alabama Gun Laws

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  • Yes, with restrictions
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Sweet Home Alabama!

Like most southern states Alabama has some of the most “classically” liberal laws concerning concealed carry. Alabama is unique in that it allows the counties of the state to issue concealed carry permits.

Applications need to be made at your local Sheriff’s office where your residence resides, and you must be 19 years or older to qualify. Good news is there’s no firearm training requirement.

Now, it takes 30 days from your submission of the firearm application to either be denied or granted, but don’t sweat it because the application is easy and not very time consuming.

Alabama Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? No
No Weapon Sign Enforced? Unknown
Must Notify Officer? No

Alabama CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

How Reciprocity Works In Alabama

Alabama has written into its law to permit all forms of conceal carry from other states. The law providing this information comes from section 13A-11-85 of the Alabama Code.

Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Alabama. During their time in Alabama, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.

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Reciprocity Agreements In Alabama

Alabama currently has reciprocity agreements with the following states:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida,Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Alabama: Where Is CCW Allowed?

Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Places Not Allowed

  • Public school grounds which are composed of K-12 grades
  • School bus used for K-12 grades
  • Demonstrations at public places
  • University of Alabama
  • Building of a highway patrol station, sheriff, or police
  • Inside any area hosting a professional athletic event not related to firearms which is sponsored by a private or public elementary or secondary school or any private or public institution of post secondary education.
  • Inside a facility which provides inpatient or custodial care of those with psychiatric, mental, or emotional disorders.
  • Inside a courthouse or courthouse annex
  • Prison, jail, halfway house, community corrections facility, or other detention facility for those who have been charged with or convicted of a criminal or juvenile offense.
  • Building in which a District Attorney’s office is located
  • Building in which a county commission or city council is currently having a meeting
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Alabama: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

Yes

Alabama allows open carry IF the individual is 19 years or older and can legally posses a firearm. You need to have a license/permit to carry a loaded gun in your vehicle.

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

You carry a handgun in a vehicle legally without a permit. However, the handgun must be locked in your glovebox AND unloaded. You can also carry the handgun in a container which is out of reach of the driver and secured to your vehicle. It’s important to note, to carry a loaded gun in you need an active permit.

Carry In State Parks

Yes

It is legal to carry in the following areas;

  • State Parks: YES – Admin Code 220.5.08 (only handguns)
  • State/National Forests: YES
  • State Wildlife Management Areas: YES – Admin Code 220.2 (only handguns)
  • Road Side Rest Areas: YES

The Law
Admin Code 220-5-.08
Admin Code 220-2

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

Constitutional Carry

No

Alabama is not a Constitutional Carry state yet. The Senate has passed laws in favor of permit-less carry but they still have a few hurdles to go through before becoming law.

No Weapon Signs Enforced

Unknown

“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Alabama gun laws. We have not been able to find any further information so advise you to follow the recommendation below.

Must Notify Officer

No

There is nothing in Alabama gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business.

The law does state that you need to carry your permit when carrying a concealed pistol on your person or carrying a pistol in a vehicle “…no person shall carry a pistol in any vehicle or concealed on or about his or her person without a permit…”

The Law
13A-11-73 – Alabama Code

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