Alabama Gun Laws

(Updated: July 24, 2024)

Overview Of Alabama Concealed Carry Laws

Issuing Status:Shall Issue
Inform Law Enforcement:No unless asked then yes (HB272)
Honors Other States Permits:Yes
Issues Non Resident Permits:No
Prohibited Locations:
  • Law enforcement buildings
  • Prisons
  • Half-way houses
  • Psychiatric centers
  • Courthouses
  • City council meeting buildings
  • County commission meeting buildings
  • Athletic events
  • Secured buildings
  • Public demonstrations
  • K-12 Public Schools
*No Guns* Signs Force Of Law:No
Store In Vehicle:Yes
Allowed In State Parks:Yes (State Park web link)
Allowed In National Parks:Yes
Allowed In Game Management Units:Yes@@ Yes
Allowed In Wildlife Management Areas:Yes
Allowed At Road Rest Areas:Yes
Allowed In Restaurants Where Alcohol Served:Yes
States Honoring Alabama PermitAlaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
Open Carry Allowed:Yes
Licensing Age:19 (18 if LEO or military)

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Alabama Pistol Permit News

No gun permit needed for Alabama: With the arrival of 2023 Alabama witnesses the implementation of a significant change in its law that has been in the works for a decade: the removal of the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun or possess one in a vehicle.In March of 2022, the Legislature passed a bill to repeal the permit mandate, which took effect at the beginning of the new year. Despite facing previous failures over the years, partially due to opposition from the Alabama Sheriffs Association, the bill has finally succeeded. While individuals in Alabama are no longer obligated to obtain concealed carry permits, they still have the option to acquire them from their county sheriffs. This is particularly useful for those who wish to carry firearms in other states that recognize permits issued in Alabama. However, it is crucial to note that certain restrictions remain in place. For example, carrying firearms into governmental buildings, schools, and attending athletic events is still prohibited. Apart from repealing the permit requirement, the law does not alter existing regulations concerning guns. Individuals who were previously prohibited from carrying firearms will continue to be barred. The prohibited locations for carrying firearms remain unchanged. Private businesses and companies retain the authority to regulate firearms on their premises. Carrying firearms in courthouses, mental institutes, and school facilities is still prohibited.