Concealed Carry State Laws In Alabama
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Alabama refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Alabama are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Alabama
While in Alabama there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Alabama the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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The Alabama State Constitution states: "That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state."
The State preempts local regulation of handguns. The handgun preemption statute reads "the entire subject matter of handguns is reserved to the State Legislature." With regards to firearms other than handguns, localities may regulate the discharge of firearms and levy taxes. On April 21, 2010, Gov. Bob Riley signed House Bill 2 into law as Act 2010-496 amending Ala. §13A-11-63, to allow civilian ownership of short-barrel rifles and short-barrel shotguns, as allowed by federal law. Alabama has always been a supporter of gun ownership by its citizens, and is considered a pro 2nd amendment state.
Alabama currently has reciprocity agreements with 23 different states; for a complete listing of these and reciprocity agreements of all states in the country visit US Precision Defense reciprocity maps located on our Home page.
Gun owners and sportsmen earned a major victory with the passage of an omnibus firearms bill, Senate Bill 286. This NRA-supported bill was signed into law in May of 2013 by Governor Robert Bentley (R) and will take effect on August 1, 2013. Senate Bill 286 will protect and restore Alabama citizen Rights to keep and Bear Arms in Alabama by reforming the state gun laws. A complete list of this bill can be found on both the Alabama State and NRA-ILA websites.
Some of the most notable provisions of the Bill 286; One of the measures allows gun owners who do not have a concealed-carry permit to keep their weapons inside their vehicles. The bill will also allow Alabama residents to bring their guns onto their workplace property as long as the firearm stays hidden in their vehicle. The new legislation also calls for fines to be levied on law enforcement officials who try to stop law-abiding citizens from open holster carry of their firearms.
A comment on gun control from the Alabama Sheriff’s association: “Every Sheriff in Alabama takes the Oath of Office to support the Constitution of the United States, which includes the 2nd Amendment, and the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 (which includes Article I, Section 26). The Sheriffs support the laws of the land, as they expect all of the citizens of Alabama to do.”
US Precision Defense applauds Alabama for the states support of the 2nd amendment. As laws change we keep our database updated and can be found on our reciprocity maps located on our home page.
In Alabama with the recent passage of omnibus firearms bill, Senate Bill 286 there are some very significant changes to the law, two very notable provisions are first; Shifts the current “May Issue” concealed carry permit system to a “Shall Issue” permit system and requires that a sheriff must issue or deny the carry permit within thirty days. Should someone be denied a permit, a written denial must be provided and that applicant would have an opportunity to appeal the denial.
The second provision is in regards to reciprocity agreements; the new law allows for all other valid state-issued permits to carry a concealed firearm to be recognized in Alabama. This one provision alone is impressive in that it is a clear support of the 2nd amendment. It is expected that many other states will add Alabama to their list of states that will be approved to carry concealed within their borders and part of mutual reciprocity agreements.
In response to the recent Federal Governments attempt to force highly restrictive Gun control laws onto the states without their participation in the decision process Alabama was one the first states to push back and the Alabama Senate in a recent session voted 24-6 for a bill that would declare federal gun control laws to be null and void in Alabama if they were in "violation of the Second Amendment." Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, said the law would put the federal government on notice that the state would not enforce "unconstitutional" gun control laws. He also stated “They are not going to use our law enforcement resources to enforce their law that we believe is unconstitutional,”
The Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said on Facebook prior to the announcement from President Obama that he planned on legislation and executive orders concerning his ideas on Gun-Control; “Today, President Obama will unveil his plan to infringe on your gun rights. Guns are not the problem and gun control is not the answer. To simply point a finger at guns and call for their outlaw is lazy, patently political and constitutionally dangerous.”
Alabama is a state the believes and upholds that constitution, all of it, even the 2nd amendment, and have become one of the leading states that is not only speaking up, it is taking actions to safeguard its state citizens’ rights even if it means in defiance of the current administration in Washington.
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