Legal Summary

Alabama Gun Laws

  Open Carry: 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. Open carry in a vehicle requires a license.
  Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer
  State Parks: Concealed Carry is legal in accordance with state laws that regulate the right to carry
  Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No specific restriction
  Firearms at Colleges: Schools individually decide the weapons policy
  Firearms at K-12 Schools: Subject to policy enforcement by local school boards.
  Church Carry: Churches act like any other private property and may restrict
on a church by church basis
  Hotels: No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
  Secure Storage Requirements: None
  Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions
  Suppressor Ownership: Lawful
  Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit: You may possess an unloaded pistol in your vehicle is the pistol is locked in a compartment or container that is in or affixed securely to the vehicle and out of reach of the driver and any passenger in the vehicle. (13A-11-73(b))
  Firearm Law Uniformity: Uniform throughout state
  Permit Training Requirements: None.
  Non-Resident Permits: Alabama does not issue permits to non-residents. Exceptions may exist for stationed military and their spouses.
  Constitutional Carry: Yes, effective Jan 1st, 2023
  Duty to Retreat: No Duty to Retreat
  Places Off Limits: (A)
(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 that provides inpatient or custodial care of those with psychiatric, mental, or
emotional disorders.
(4) Inside a courthouse, courthouse annex, a building in which a District Attorney's office is located, 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 or recognized under
Section 13A-11-85.
(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 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
are prohibited.
(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.
  State Contact Info: Attorney General of Alabama
PO Box 300152
Montgomery, AL 36130
  Permit Issuing Authority: Your local county sheriff
  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
  Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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