Alabama Gun Laws

Alabama concealed carry laws are liberal and allow concealed carry permits to be issued at the county level.  Applications can be made at the local Sheriff's office in your county of residence. Applicants must be at least 18 years or older and meet other criteria although there is no requirement for a firearms training course. The application process in Alabama is fairly easy and the sheriff must either grant or deny your application for a permit within 30 days of your submission. Fees for new CCW permits and renewals vary across counties. Some counties will notify holders of permits that they are due for renewal, however there are also counties that will not contact you at all.

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Alabama CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed SEE DETAILS
No Weapons Signs Enforced SEE DETAILS
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO
Shall Issue
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Alabama Handgun Permit


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Reside in the county where you file the application
  • Have no convictions of violence
  • Must be a US citizen or legal alien.
  • Must not be a drug addict or habitual drunkard.
  • Must be of sound mind and not have been involuntarily admitted to psychiatric or drug treatment facility.
  • Federal Law Requirements

Under Alabama law a person with any of the following convictions are banned from possessing a weapon;
Murder, manslaughter, rape, mayhem, assault with intent to commit robbery or murder, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, any class A or B felony.

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Alabama CCW permit recognition
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Alabama CCW Reciprocity

Alabama Reciprocity List

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands


California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington

How Reciprocity Works In Alabama

Alabama honors all out of state concealed carry permits pursuant to section 13A-11-85 of the Alabama Code. Any person who has a concealed carry permit in another U.S. state can legally carry their firearm in Alabama. They will be subject to Alabama gun laws while in that state.

Alabama Reciprocity Agreements

Alabama currently has reciprocity agreements with the following states;
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida,Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming
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  • Wisconsin will only accept Alabama concealed carry permits if they were issued after the 14 January, 2013.
  • Alabama will not honor a concealed carry permit from New York City.
Reciprocity for licenses issued in other states.

(a) A person licensed to carry a handgun in any state shall be authorized to carry a handgun in this state. This section shall apply to a license holder from another state only while the license holder is not a resident of this state. A license holder from another state shall carry the handgun in compliance with the laws of this state.

(b) The Attorney General is authorized to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states for the mutual recognition of licenses to carry handguns and shall periodically publish a list of states which recognize licenses issued pursuant to Section 13A-11-75.

Alabama Concealed Carry Forms

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Alabama: Places Off-Limits for CCW

Places Off Limits in Alabama

  • Premises of a public school composed of K12 grades
  • School bus used for K12 grades
  • Demonstrations at public places
  • University of Alabama
  • Building of a police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
  • Inside any facility hosting a professional athletic event not related to firearms which is sponsored by a private or public elementary or secondary school or any private or public institution of post secondary education.
  • Inside a facility which provides inpatient or custodial care of those with psychiatric, mental, or emotional disorders.
  • Inside a courthouse or courthouse annex
  • 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.
  • Building in which a District Attorney’s office is located
  • Building in which a county commission or city council is currently having a meeting
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places CCW is Allowed in Alabama

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Alabama Concealed Carry Laws

YES/NO – Without a permit

Without a permit, you can still legally carry in a vehicle but the handgun must be unloaded and 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.
You must have a Permit to carry a loaded handgun in any vehicle.

The Law
13A-11-73(b) – Alabama Code

YES – Without a permit

Open carry is legal in Alabama if a person is at least 18 years old and legally able to posses a firearm. You must have a permit/license to carry a loaded gun in a vehicle.

The Law


There is nothing in Alabama gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require that you carry your permit when carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle or on your person.

The Law
– Alabama Code

Alabama is not a Constitutional Carry state yet. The Senate has passed laws in favor of permitless carry but they still have a few hurdles to go through before becoming law.
It is legal to carry in the following areas;

  • State Parks: YESAdmin Code 220.5.08 (only handguns)
  • State/National Forests: YES
  • State Wildlife Management Areas: YESAdmin Code 220.2 (only handguns)
  • Road Side Rest Areas:  YES

The Law
Admin Code 220-5-.08  
Admin Code 220-2  


In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.


“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Alabama gun laws. We have not been able to find any further information so advise you to follow the recommendation below.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

Alabama Gun Sales & Preemption

Private Gun Sales

There are no background checks required for private sales of a handgun or long gun in Alabama. However, it is illegal to sell any firearm to a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm. This raises the question of how do you know the person is not a prohibited person without access to the various government databases. You really only have the purchasers word to go on. To protect yourself you could draft up a document and ask the purchaser to sign it verifying they are not a prohibited person.

Dealer Sales

A federally licensed dealer can only sell handguns to a person that is at least 21 years old. This conflicts with Alabama law that says you can possess a handgun when 18 years old. So if you are 18 you will need to get a person aged at least 21 to purchase your handgun or buy one privately.

Alabama Gun Statutes

"That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state."
(Article I §26)
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Alabama State Capitol Building

Alabama Laws Relating To Concealed Carry

Off-Limits Statutes

Other CCW Statutes

Alabama Concealed Carry FAQ's

Alabama CCW Contact

Jefferson County Sheriff


Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 2200 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr Blvd.

CityBirmingham, AL 35203

Phone (205) 325-5728


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Alabama pistol permit fee is listed here at $100, which is wrong. Including the processing fee Alabama permit cost per year is only $13.

Michael Duke
Michael Duke

That price is for 5 years which it shows in the next box. One year is 20 dollars not 13


100 is the 5 year permit if not a vet.


Thank you for that. I was wondering if it was correct.

Donnie Mckay
Donnie Mckay

It is 15 per yr up to 5 yrs in marion co.


In Indiana it 145.00 for lifetime permits.. we are so lucky


Just being entirely sure here, but today is Thursday May 24th. When was this last updated? I’m currently 17 and next month on June 15th I will be 18 and am wanting to take the CCW test to get my pistol permit. I asked a local officer the age requirement and he said 21, even though I know multiple people and know of others who got theirs at 18 excluding the special benefits, such as military. This site says 18. I just want to be sure and not embarrass myself if I go in for it and am turned down… Read more »


You can get a cc. You must be 18. Go to the sheriffs office and apply for it. Like I said you must be 18. But the being 21. Is to purahace ammunition and a handgun

Gordon Schipper
Gordon Schipper

My wife and I have been spending winters in Baldwin County . I like to target shot and would like to bring one of my hand guns with me. I live in up-state New York , am a retired police officer and veteran and re certified my permit this year. I have read that Alabama honors the up state N.Y. permits but what I read of information about issues like this I take with a grain of salt. One, is it true that my permit would be honored, Two , would it be best to get a C.C.P. from Baldwin… Read more »


2. Likely it is the same process at all the sheriff offices, so not likely much of a difference.
3. A CCP from any sheriff is good statewide. I doubt permits are issued to nonresidents, so call first. The price used to be set by the local sheriff. That might have been standardized with the 2013 law change.


So my father in-law and I had the conversation today of Alabama’s gun laws. He stated that it is against the law for me to carry my pistol with a round chambered even though I have a ccw permit. I have looked several places to see what I could find every thing states that you can carry a loaded weapon with a ccp. So I gues I should ask how is the term loaded defined in the state of Alabama?