Alabama Gun Laws
Legal while on foot in most public areas. Open carry on private property requires a carry license or consent from the property owner. Also all persons are prohibited from carrying firearms at or near a public demonstration.
Duty to Notify Law Enforcement:
Only when asked by the officer
Concealed handgun carry by recognized permittees is permitted
Restaurants Serving Alcohol:
No specific restriction
Firearms at Colleges:
Subject to college administrative policy
Firearms at K-12 Schools:
Subject to policy enforcement by local school boards.
Magazine Capacity Limitations:
Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees:
Handguns must be unloaded and cased in the trunk or storage area; loaded long guns may be in plain view or gun cases. Glove compartment, console, or under the seat carry are not allowed.
Firearm Law Uniformity:
Uniform throughout state
Permit Training Requirements:
Permit Issuing Authority:
Your local county sheriff
State Contact Info:
Attorney General of Alabama
PO Box 300152
Montgomery, AL 36130
Length of Permit Validity:
Applicants can apply for between 1-5 years as they wish and will pay accordingly.
Permit Application Process:
Apply at your local county sheriff's office
Alabama does not issue permits to non-residents. Exceptions may exist for stationed military and their spouses.
Places Off Limits:
(1) Inside the building of a police, sheriff, or highway patrol station.
(2) Inside or on the premises of a 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.
(3) Inside of a facility which provides inpatient or custodial care of those with psychiatric, mental, or
(4) Inside a courthouse, courthouse annex, a building in which a District Attorney's office is located, or a
building in which a county commission or city council is currently having a regularly scheduled or
specially called meeting.
(5) Inside any facility hosting an athletic event not related to or involving firearms which is sponsored by a
private or public elementary or secondary school or any private or public institution of postsecondary
education, unless the person has a permit issued under Section 13A-11-75(a)(1) or recognized under
(6) Inside any facility hosting a professional athletic event not related to or involving firearms, unless the
person has a permit issued under Section 13A-11-75(a)(1) or recognized under Section 13A-11-85.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), a person, including a person with a permit issued under
Section 13A-11-75(a)(1) or recognized under Section 13A-11-85, may not, without the express permission of
a person or entity with authority over the premises, knowingly possess or carry a firearm inside any building
or facility to which access of unauthorized persons and prohibited articles is limited during normal hours of
operation by the continuous posting of guards and the use of other security features, including, but not
limited to, magnetometers, key cards, biometric screening devices, or turnstiles or other physical barriers.
Nothing in this subsection otherwise restricts the possession, transportation, or storage of a lawfully
possessed firearm or ammunition in an employee's privately-owned motor vehicle while parked or operated
in a public or private parking area provided the employee complies with the requirements of Section 13A-11-
(c) The person or entity with authority over the premises set forth in subsections (a)(1)-(6) and subsection (b)
shall place a notice at the public entrances of such premises or buildings alerting those entering that firearms
(d) Except as provided in subsections (a)(5) and (a)(6), any firearm on the premises of any facility set forth
in subsection (a)(1), or subsections (a)(4)-(6), or subsection (b) must be kept from ordinary observation and
locked within a compartment or in the interior of the person's motor vehicle or in a compartment or container
securely affixed to the motor vehicle.
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
Duty to Retreat:
No Duty to Retreat
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