Alabama Gun Laws

alabama gun laws

The primary basis of Alabama Gun Laws is its State Constitutional Provision that says, “That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.”

Basically, Alabama Gun Laws do not require permits and registrations when buying a handguns, rifles and shotguns. Owners are also not required to acquire a license their guns. However, only handguns are allowed to be carried in public and it requires a permit in order to do so. Then, only individuals who are at least 18 years of age are allowed to own a gun under Alabama Gun Laws.

Validity of Alabama Gun Laws

The gun permits issued by Alabama to its residents are recognized by 25 other states like:

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. Idaho
  8. Indiana
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Kentucky
  12. Louisiana
  13. Michigan
  14. Mississippi
  15. Missouri
  16. New Hampshire
  17. North Carolina
  18. North Dakota
  19. Oklahoma
  20. South Dakota
  21. Tennessee
  22. Texas
  23. Utah
  24. Vermont
  25. Wyoming

Other Gun Permits Recognized by Alabama Gun Laws

On the other hand, the permits issued from other states except Illinois and Vermont are recognized by Alabama. However, a gun permit holder from Alaska, Colorado and Iowa are only allowed to carry firearms as long as they are not below 21 years old. Then, A Class 1 permit owner from North Dakota should be at least 21 while a Class 2 owner from the same State should be at least 18 years of age.


Aside from the age restriction, Alabama gun laws do not allow permits for individuals who are non-US residents, incompetent to stand trial, guilty of a criminal case, has used mental illness as a defense in trial, has been required to be treated at a psychiatric hospital, has been committed to a hospital due to drug abuse, has not been declared by court to be unfit to carry a firearm, used fraud to secure application and not a threat to public safety. In addition, guns are generally not allowed in places specified by Alabama Gun Laws or the US federal law.

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