Alabama does not allow constitutional carry, and this means that permitless carry Alabama is prohibited within the state. In terms of gun license application, it is a shall-issue state, and the sheriff in a local county is in charge of issuing the license.
Being a shall-issue state means that if you meet all the requirements to apply for an Alabama gun permit, then the state will be under obligation to issue the permit.
If you are purchasing a firearm from a private gun dealer or a gun show in the state, you will not have to complete a background check, neither will need to register the firearm. Only federally licensed individuals will complete all protocols before initiating the sales of firearms.
Although constitutional carry in Alabama is prohibited, you do not need a gun license to open carry within the state. If you are at least eighteen years old, without any prohibition for the possession of firearms either federally in any US state, you can open carry in Alabama. However, open carry is not allowed in some parts of the state.
For concealed carry, residents will need a gun license from Alabama, while non-residents must produce a license from any of the states that are on Alabama reciprocity list. You are not required to complete a firearm proficiency course before applying for a gun permit in Alabama. The gun license is only for residents, nonresidents may not apply. Members of the military posted to the state and their spouses may only be allowed to apply for an Alabama gun permit based on a county sheriff's discretion. Any military member with permission to apply will be able to do so without paying any fee. Alabama will accept gun permits from every state in the country.
You can conceal carry a firearm in your private car if you have an Alabama gun permit. If you do not have a permit, you must keep the firearm locked and make sure that it is not loaded and away from anyone’s reach. You can also possess firearms in roadside areas of Alabama as long as you have a permit.
If you have an Alabama concealed weapon permit, you can possess firearms in bars, and similar places for the consumption of alcohol, except there is a post prohibiting such. Alabama gun laws indicate that the possession of firearms in private buildings of properties is only possible with consent from the landowner. Also, it is unlawful to carry firearms in any building with a post prohibiting the possession of weapons.
Hotels and similar establishments have the right to come up with policies, so you need to contact the management to know if you can possess firearms within the premises.
Employers may allow the possession of firearms in private cars parked in a designated area if the owner is a concealed permit holder. However, the permit holder must lock the firearm away in a compartment or hidden part of the vehicle.
Alabama restricts the possession of firearms in the following parts of the state:
Application for the Alabama gun license is gotten from the office of the sheriff in your local county. This process varies from one county to another, some practice an inline application. After collecting or downloading the application form, complete it accordingly.
Submit the form to your local sheriff’s office after completing it. You will receive a mail notifying you of approval or denied application. Alabama concealed weapon permit is valid for five years, after which you have to renew.
Alabama charges twenty dollars per year on all new or renewal permits in the state. So, since the state issues a five years permit, the cost is one hundred dollars.
The renewal process includes the following, take your old license to the sheriff’s office. In some counties, you can send it by mail, while others make use of an online renewal system.
Take your old license to the sheriff’s office. In some counties, you can send it by mail, while others make use of an online renewal system. After about thirty days, you will get a notification on the application.
To change any information on your permit, contact the sheriff’s office of your local county. Also, as soon as you realize that your permit is missing or stolen, contact your local county sheriff to issue you a new permit.
Nonresidents must be permanent residents before applying for an Alabama concealed weapon permit. You cannot make use of the Alabama permit in any state, except there is a reciprocity agreement with such a state. Also, upon establishing residency in another state, your Alabama concealed carry permit becomes invalid.
You must meet all requirements to apply for Alabama Gun permit:
Except for safety or the restriction of firearms in some parts of a political subdivision in the state, no local government area, municipality or county may create ordinances, regulations and rules to restrict the possession, licensing, transportation, purchase and sales of firearms, ammunition and their components.
This means that constitutional carry in Alabama is prohibited in every part of the state.