Alabama Concealed Carry Laws
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Are concealed carry permits available in the state of Alabama?
Alabama operates as a May Issue state, and conceal and carry permits will only be issued to Alabama residents. The May Issue law indicates that a sheriff may or may not choose to issue an individual a concealed carry permit, even after meeting all necessary requirements to apply for an Alabama Pistol Permit.
According to the Alabama Firearms and Weapons Law, a sheriff in the state of Alabama may issue either an unlimited or qualified license to an individual to carry a concealed weapon or a pistol in a vehicle for no more than one year from the date of permit issue. A sheriff may issue the permit if they feel that the applicant is a suitable individual to possess such a license.
Where can I get an Alabama Concealed Carry Permit?
The Alabama concealed weapon permit will be issued through an Alabama County Sheriff’s office to allow an individual to carry concealed in Alabama. You must contact the sheriff’s office in the county where you reside for further information on the application process for an Alabama CCW permit.
Alabama counties do not issue conceal and carry permits to nonresidents under any circumstance.
Keep in mind that before issuing an Alabama Pistol Permit, a sheriff may choose to contact local, state, and federal information bureaus for the purpose of a background check. This information is used to determine if an applicant has the legal right to possess a firearm under both state and federal law.
While a background check for an Alabama conceal carry permit is not required by law, this is a common practice that many sheriffs use to comply with the May Issue law guidelines for the Alabama Pistol Permit. However, the receipt of an Alabama concealed carry permit does not count as a valid National Instant Criminal System background check for the purpose of purchasing a firearm.
How do I apply for a license?
In order to apply for a concealed carry permit in Alabama, you must contact the sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. Depending upon the county requirements, you can download the license application below and complete the following steps:
- Fill out all information in the license application.
- Review the information to ensure accuracy.
- Print the application form to submit in person or e-mail directly to a local sheriff’s office.
Please keep in mind that these are sample instructions to submit an Alabama concealed weapon permit application; application instructions may vary on a county-by-county basis.
Once an Alabama CCW permit has been granted, it will be valid for one year from the date that it was issued. Although processing time varies by county, as an example, Alabama concealed carry permits processed through Mobile County will be denied or approved immediately. The permit will then be printed at the counter after a background check is complete. The entire process may take up to 20 minutes and requires a $20 nonrefundable fee.
How much does the license cost?
The Alabama concealed carry license costs from $5-$15, depending upon the county of residence. In order to find out the exact pricing for a license in Alabama, you must contact your local sheriff’s office.
The same fees will apply to renew an Alabama Pistol Permit that has expired after one year. In order to renew an Alabama Pistol Permit, it must be renewed on a yearly basis before it reaches the expiration date. You can contact the local sheriff’s office in your area for the required renewal application. Some counties in Alabama may also send out renewal notifications or cards as a courtesy by mail.
If your Alabama concealed carry license has been damaged, stolen, or lost, you will again need to contact a local county sheriff’s office in order to receive a new, valid permit. The fee for a replacement permit will depend upon the county that you are a resident of.
Am I eligible for a Concealed Carry Permit in the state of Alabama?
In order to determine your eligibility for a concealed carry permit in Alabama, you must meet the following requirements at a minimum:
- You are at least 18 years of age. However, a county sheriff’s office can choose to set the minimum age limit higher at their discretion.
- You are a resident of the state of Alabama.
- You have a valid reason to carry a concealed weapon. However, in most cases a valid permit will be granted to an applicant who qualifies.
- You have met the necessary training requirements in your county. Training is required in some but not all counties in Alabama.
In order to legally apply for a concealed carry permit in Alabama, you must bring the necessary legal documentation with you:
- Valid photo identification
- Other necessary documents required by individual county sheriffs
Where can I carry a concealed weapon after receiving a license?
It is prohibited to carry a firearm in a vehicle in Alabama without a valid license, with the exception of:
- A person who is legally allowed to possess a firearm may carry the weapon unloaded and securely wrapped in a vehicle when transporting after a purchase without a license.
- A person who is legally allowed to possess a firearm may carry an unloaded and securely wrapped weapon in a vehicle to and from home for the purpose of repair without a license.
- A person who is legally allowed to possess a firearm may carry a weapon unloaded and securely wrapped in a vehicle when moving from a home or a business without a license.
Additionally, it is against the law to carry a concealed weapon in Alabama when participating in any type of public demonstration. However, there are no specific state laws in Alabama that prohibit carrying a concealed weapon in any establishment that serves alcohol.
Alabama is a Castle Doctrine state
with a stand-your-ground law. Open Carry is permitted in Alabama, although it is prohibited to open carry in a vehicle without a license.
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