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To make use of firearms in Alabama, you may need a pistol permit.
However, there are laws you need to know before applying for the permit as a resident of the state.
Also, non-residents that intend to carry firearms in the state must be familiar with the gun statutes.
Alabama has a shall-issue policy for the issue of its concealed weapon permit, with the application process done at the local county by the sheriff’s office.
To apply for the Alabama pistol permit, you must meet the state requirements.
Alabama concealed carry permit is for only residents of the state. Non-residents can make use of out of state permits.
You can apply for an Alabama concealed weapon permit if you are at least eighteen years old, and you do not have any restriction or prohibition against possessing firearms.
The permit is only needed for concealed carry because Alabama is not a licensed open carry state.
Open carry is legal in Alabama for anybody that is of legal age of eighteen years old or more. However, you cannot open carry in places that are off-limit, like in schools, hospitals, and courthouses.
Alabama permits the open carry of firearms such as machine guns and semi-automatic weapons, as long as you comply with all federal regulations.
To apply for an Alabama concealed weapon permit, you must meet the state requirements. They include the following:
A summary of firearms permits purchase in Alabama includes the following:
Alabama charges twenty dollars per year on all new or renewal permits in the state. So, since the state issues a five-year permit, the cost is one hundred dollars.
Veterans and retirees of the military that meet all state requirements to apply for the permit are not required to pay a fee.
The process for applying for Alabama Concealed Weapon permit includes the following:
Apply for the application form and get it from the office of the sheriff in your local county.
This process varies from one county to another. For example, in Elmore County, you can download the permit application from an online portal.
After collecting or downloading the application form, complete it accordingly.
Submit the form to your local sheriff’s office after completing the application.
You will receive a mail notifying you of an approved or denied application.
Alabama concealed weapon permit is valid for five years, after which you have to renew.
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.
After about thirty days, you will get a notification on the application.
Alabama honors permit from other states in the country. Its reciprocity includes the following:
Alabama allows the concealed carry of firearms within its jurisdiction for non-residents with out-of-state permits. However, while in Alabama, you must comply with the gun laws.
You can make use of Alabama concealed weapon permits in Indiana, Montana, and North Dakota.
Alabama's age requirement for obtaining a permit is eighteen years old. But these states will only allow you to conceal carry with Alabama’s permit if you are at least twenty-one years old. They include the following:
Anybody can conceal carry in these states because they have a constitutional or permitless policy. They include:
Most frequently asked questions about gun permits in Alabama that you must know include the following:
Yes, Alabama issues concealed weapon licenses for concealed carry in the state.
The maximum validity period for the permit is five years.
No, Alabama firearm permit is not available to non-residents of the state. The only exception to this are members of the National guards posted to the state and their spouses
To change any information on your permit, contact the sheriff’s office of your local county.
As soon as you realize that your permit is missing or stolen, contact your local county sheriff to issue you a new permit.
You must be a permanent resident before applying for an Alabama concealed weapon permit. As soon as you have gotten a residence in Alabama, visit the local sheriff’s county to apply.
No, 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.
No, Alabama does not issue a permit for open carry in the state.
It is a permissive state, and you can open carry as long as you are eighteen years old or more, and you do not have a prohibition against making use of firearms.
You can apply for an Alabama concealed firearm permit if you are eighteen years old or more.
No, Alabama does not issue a purchase permit to buy firearms in the state.
No. You must complete a criminal record check whether or not you have a firearm permit except for the transfer of firearms between family members or purchasing from a private firearm dealer.
No, there is no requirement to own a firearm permit before possession in one’s home of residence, workplace, or private car, as long as the person is not a minor.
No, there is no state requirement to complete a firearm training before applying for a concealed weapon permit in Alabama.
The processing period for Alabama Concealed Weapon Permit is thirty days.
Alabama prohibits the possession and dealing of Teflon coated ammunition for handguns and armor-piercing ammunition.
However, the use of assault weapons like machine guns and semi-automatic weapons are not illegal as long as the owner has a federal license to possess them.
Yes, the Alabama government has full preemption on local laws of the state, and reserves all right on gun laws.
However, local areas can regulate the use and discharge of firearms within their boundaries.
Yes, you can conceal carry while hunting in Alabama, as long as you have a permit. However, you cannot use the firearm for hunting or taking down wildlife.
No, You must be at least eighteen years old to purchase firearms from a licensed dealer in Alabama.
Alabama gun statutes that relate to the concealed weapon permits include the following:
It is illegal for anybody, even a permit holder in Alabama, to deliver a firearm permit to anybody who:
However, this law does not apply to anyone if the state has lifted his or her prohibition to possess firearms.
Also, anybody that deliberately tries to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer, while he or she has a firearm prohibition, is guilty of a felony.
Alabama code 13A-11-72 explicitly defines all of the restrictions stated in this section.
Licensed firearm dealers in Alabama can only sell guns and ammunition to a person in a state that legally permits them.
Also, any resident in Alabama buying firearms from another state can have it sent into Alabama.
Alabama gun laws about possession of firearms with permits in certain parts of the state include:
You can conceal carry a firearm in your private car if you have an Alabama Concealed Weapon 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.
Alabama code 13A-11-73(b).
You can possess firearms in roadside areas of Alabama as long as you have the concealed weapon permit.
You can possess your firearms in these areas as long as you have a concealed weapon permits or that of any other state from the country, according to Alabama Code 220-2-.08
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.
Alabama Code 13A-11-52
According to Alabama Code 13A-11-90, 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.