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 19 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
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Alabama Handgun Permit

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 19 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

Note
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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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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Note

  • 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

Alabama Form Downloads

Pointers: Alabama Handgun Laws

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 19 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
13A-11-75(g)
13A-11-7
13A-11-7(6)(c)

NO

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 state that you need to carry your permit when carrying a concealed pistol on your person or carrying a pistol in a vehicle “…no person shall carry a pistol in any vehicle or concealed on or about his or her person without a permit…”

The Law
13A-11-73
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NO
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.
YES
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  

YES

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.

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“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 19 years old. So if you are 19 - 20 years old 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

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Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


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Address 2200 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr Blvd.

CityBirmingham, AL 35203

Phone (205) 325-5728

 

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Ken
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Ken

I live in Tennessee and plan to drive to Alabama tomorrow to take a test for my job. Tennessee law allows us to carry a loaded weapon in our vehicles without a permit. Would I also be able to carry it into Alabama? I saw the Alabama law is that Alabama residents can only carry in vehicles without a permit if the gun is unloaded and locked away such as in the glove box where the driver and passenger can’t easily access it. So does Alabama recognize allow for reciprocity so that I can just keep it loaded in my… Read more »

Haynes16
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Haynes16

In Alabama, You cannot carry a gun inside the vehicle without a permit. You can put your unloaded gun in the trunk of your car and carry it that way without a permit .

Chris welch
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Chris welch

If I was convicted of a felony NON violent in Florida 3 years ago now I live in Alabama can i get a fun in Alabama?

Westin Sandberg
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Westin Sandberg

Your criminal record follows you throughout the whole country.
Law prohibits convicted felons of owning and possessing firearms, regardless of whether the felony was a violent one.
So to answer your question, you can not legally purchase a firearm in any of the 50 states. Unless you get a lawyer and van have your rights restored.

Roberta
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Roberta

I recently was meeting someone at a populated area to make a vehicle exchange. Because I was not familiar with the person I had my gun on me. Visible to the officer that that person had with them. I also had in my hand my permit to carry that weapon. He physically took the gun from it’s holster and proceeded to empty it. He then took it to his patrol car and ran the serial number. When he returned my weapon to me, he insisted on putting the bullets in the back of my car. My question is, did that… Read more »

Westin Sandberg
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Westin Sandberg

That would be considered an unconstitutional search and seizure.

GMoney
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GMoney

The police in Alabama are crooked

tim
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tim

he was just protecting himself. I would do the same if someone showed up to a buisness meeting with a gun displayed or I would have to unholster mine. I was always taught to never show a gun unless your gonna use it.

Moe R
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Moe R

Hello I recently moved from Maryland to BIRMINGHAM. I am a holder of a Utah ccw. I haven’t changed my address on my permit yet but have a Alabama driver’s license am I still able to carry until my address change goes through?

Jon G
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Jon G

Once you change your residency to Alabama, an out of state gun permit is no longer valid. I almsot found this out the hard way. I retired from the military and moved here from Virginia. I had a VA Gun Permit, but my VA license was “Voided” when I changed my license to Alabama. I have a neighbor who is a police officer and he told me, that he would not arrest me if he found a gun on me with an out of state gun permit but another cop could if found. I went ahead and switched to an… Read more »

Durrell Williams
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Durrell Williams

If I have a warrant can I still get my CCW license? It’s not a moving violation or criminal warrant it’s a expired tag.

Ron Smith
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Ron Smith

I went to get my permit and was arrested for an outstanding warrant, The sheriff bailed me out and I went ahead and got my permit as I no longer had a warrant, sheriff said, Now don’t go shooting anyone before court or I will have to arrest you again. True Story,
Prattville Alabama.

Joey edwards
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Joey edwards

I’m from baldwin county and currently working in Florida, an officer at a store just told me I can’t carry my handgun because florida doesn’t respect alabamas pistol law. Wtf?

10mm
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10mm

They are wrong, Florida DOES recognize Alabama CCW permits.

GetTheStra;
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GetTheStra;

You can’t read? It say resident on,y.

John
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John

Resident only means that the person with the Ala permit must be a resident of Ala. Ala will issue a permit to a resident of another state when the are living in Ala but not claiming Ala as their resident

10mm
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10mm

Maybe you don’t understand what you read …. or you don’t know what the term “resident only” means in reference to respiratory CCW laws.

Timothy Hunt
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Timothy Hunt

I’m located in baldwin County al and I have a question about concealed permits. Does it cover a shotgun in my truck. I’m having trouble finding any specifics regarding the law with this. I was stopped,searched, my ammunition confiscated, then charged with hunting/discharching a firearm over a public roadway. He said because it was within arms reach he “believes” thats what I was doing. Completely bogus accusation! It was unloaded and with the search he found 1 shell under the seat. Any info on the subject would be great. I thought even if it was loaded my permit protected me.… Read more »

steve
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steve

Your ccw permit covers your handgun. not long guns. Your rifle or shotgun must be unloaded and out of reach. I had same problem a few years ago

Adam
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Adam

Is there a capacity limit to which you can not carry a firearm in a mall that holds up to a specific amount of people?

10mm
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10mm

Your question doesn’t make sense, please restructure your question and ask again. BUT, with that said, most malls are marked as No Carry Zones.

Andre Thomas
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Andre Thomas

Can you have one in the chamber and still be legal?

Ken Coates
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Ken Coates

Yes, absolutely.

10mm
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10mm

Only if you have a CCW permit.

10mm
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10mm

EDIT: If you are referring to carrying in a vehicle , you must have a CCW to have a loaded firearm.

William Drummond
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William Drummond

Hi, AL does not give signage the force of law unless very specific conditions are met. The establishment must have a sign posted AND must limit unauthorized persons & prohibited articles 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, bio-metric screening devices, turnstiles, or other physical barriers. If a business is posted with a “no guns” sign, the proprietor can ask you to leave, but there can be no charges filed against you as long as you leave when asked. If the… Read more »

Bruce vick
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Bruce vick

Is it illegal to open carry in a shopping mall, with no signs, or postings of ( no firearms, or guns allowed)?

Sawyer
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Sawyer

Please update info on obtaining permit at 19 in Alabama. I went to the county on my 18th birthday in 2015 and was awarded my permit one month later.

The age is 18 for concealed carry, although 19 is considered a legal adult in Alabama.

Sarah Smith
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Sarah Smith

I really appreciate your information that you can get a concealed carry permit as soon as you are 19. My son is turning 19 this year and I would really like him to be as safe as possible. Getting his concealed carry permit will give him the option of defending himself. https://concealedaz.com/courses/concealed-carry-permit-classes/

William Drummond
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William Drummond

He only needs to be 18 in AL.

Mark Peters
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Mark Peters

My son was told that if he has,a permit he could not open carry . True or False

Ben
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Ben

False. He can open carry with or without a permit.

Chipmunk
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Chipmunk

There is no law against open carry in the state of Alabama. Therefore it’s not against the law.

William Drummond
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William Drummond

False.

MobileChucko
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MobileChucko

For the average individual, “open carry” is not a smart idea by any means. With open carry you are “advertising” the fact that you have a firearm. This tells the criminal that he is going to have to take care of you before committing the crime he intends to carry out. This could be as easy as grabbing the gun out of your holster. I saw a video of a guy that went into a McDonald’s with an open carry. The guy inline behind him grabbed his gun and was out the door before the gentleman even realized his gun… Read more »

Stephin
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Stephin

Is a concealed carry Fanny pack legal in Alabama? As a parapalegic, traditional holsters aren’t the most comfortable of most efficient. Thanks!

Virgle Nucoma Bottomlee
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Virgle Nucoma Bottomlee

Yes it’s legal

Virgle Nucoma Bottomlee
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Virgle Nucoma Bottomlee

Carry it concealed or open carry anyway you wish

Tina
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Tina

Can someone please tell me if someone in another state has felony convictions on their record from the 1990s but move to Alabama can they register to vote and can they get a permit to carry a concealed weapon

William Drummond
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William Drummond

That depends on the state where the conviction occurred. If the rights have been restored, then they are good in AL. If not, then those rights are restricted in AL.

Steve
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Steve

If he or she is a convicted felon they can not own or be around any firearms in any state. their conviction covers all 50 states.

George Owens
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George Owens

Wow, you have soooooo much wrong info on this site.

Blake
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Blake

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?

Timothy L Knight
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Timothy L Knight

Okay, retired LEO here, firearms instructor, and the guy who used to cover firearms laws and such at my previous agency (ergo, I have some idea of what I’m talking about here). When carrying concealed legally with a CCW or openly with or without a CCW, it is PERFECTLY LEGAL to carry with a round chambered. Most self-defense shootings occur near arms-reach and there is so seldom time to chamber a round. Also, I’ve seen trained professionals blunder manually chambering a round (not pulling the slide back far enough, riding the slide closed with the support hand, etc., etc.). There… Read more »

George Owens
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George Owens

It is not illegal. Your FIL needs to read the law.

gkelly
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gkelly

there is no law prohibiting carrying concealed with a round chambered that is the only way I ever carry. an unloaded gun isnt much use think about a situation that might actually call for self defense will you be able to use both hands to draw and chamber a round? Ive had 3 or 4 dealings with police while carrying and my pistol is always loaded I always make sure they know one is chambered if they ask to secure it or check the numbers.

10mm
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10mm

You father might have read or be referring to : IT IS ILLEGAL to carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle IF you do not have a CCW. In a vehicle, Without a permit, handguns 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.

Gordon Schipper
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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 »

abc
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abc

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.

Timothy L Knight
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Timothy L Knight

As you’re a retired police officer, with your retired credentials and something showing you have qualified within the previous 12 months (all per LEOSA) you are good to go in Alabama and nation wide. When I travel my retired creds get me through carrying in a lot of places that won’t honor my AL CCW (retied Alabama law enforcement can get lifetime CCW permits, btw). If you get down here and get close to your re-qualification date (silly requirement but LEOSA is otherwise pretty darn good to us) check in with your local PD and/or Baldwin County SO, surely one… Read more »

George Owens
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George Owens

Unless you are a resident of Alabama, you cannot get an Alabama Pistol Permit. However, your NY permit is valid in Alabama.

Randy LM
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Randy LM

Alabama does not except NY permits

Nathaniel A.
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Nathaniel A.

Incorrect. Alabama law recognizes and honors New York state CCW permits.

Alabama does not however legally recognize CCW permits issued by New York City.

Jay
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Jay

If you are indeed a retired officer then you don’t need to worry about any state honoring your permit.. your protected by leosa

William Drummond
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William Drummond

AL honors all permits from other states. No need to purchase a permit here, besides AL does not issue non-resident permits. All firearm laws, conceal carry laws, open carry laws are the sole domain of the state legislature. No local authority can place limits not imposed by the legislature.

Darrell
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Darrell

The only non-resident permits issued in Alabama, are to active duty military assigned to an Alabama location.

Timothy
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Timothy

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 »

Nate
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Nate

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

George Owens
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George Owens

1. There is not a test to take in Alabama for a Pistol Permit.
2. The legal age to possess a pistol and get a Pistol Permit in Alabama is 19 by state law.

David L Colegrove
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David L Colegrove

The age is 18 in alabama for a pistol permit. How do I know? Because my son went and got his 2 weeks after he turned 18.