Alabama Gun Laws
Subject/LawLong gunsHandgunsRelevant statutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoNo
Firearm registration?NoNo
Owner license required?NoNo
Permit required for concealed carry?N/AYesAlabama is a shall-issue state for concealed carry. However, the issuing county sheriff can suspend or even revoke concealed carry privileges for wanton disregard of the law.[7]Alabama does not issue pistol permits to non-residents but recognizes permits from every other state (both resident and non-resident).[8]
Permit required for open carry?NoNoOpen carry is generally permitted, but handgun must be securely contained in a holster (belt, inside-the-waist, small-of-the-back, middle-of-the-back, ankle, or shoulder). However, open carry in a vehicle without a concealed carry license is prohibited. As of August 1, 2013, the law states that: “It shall be a rebuttable presumption that the mere carrying of a visible pistol, holstered or secured, in public place, in and of itself, is not disorderly conduct.”
State preemption of local restrictions?YesYes“…the Legislature hereby occupies and preempts the entire field of regulation in this state touching in any way upon firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories..”
Assault weapon law?NoNo
NFA weapons restricted?NoNoAny Other Weapons (AOWs) disguised as walking canes are the only illegal firearms in Alabama.
Background checks required for private sales?NoNo


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