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Permit Reciprocity Map

Alabama, 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

Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire

California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New York City, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virgin Islands, Washington, American Samoa, N. Mariana Islands

Can I carry with a permit issued from another state? 
Section 13A-11-85 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. 

Resident Permit 
Yes, if you have a valid concealed weapons permit issued in any state you may carry a handgun in Alabama. However, you must carry your firearm in accordance with Alabama State laws. 

Non-Resident Permit 
Yes, Alabama does honor non-resident permits issued from another state. 

Permit Information

Alabama is a Shall Issue State
On May 20, 2013, Senate Bill 286 was signed into law and took effect on August 1, 2013. This makes Alabama a Shall Issue State. Sheriff’s are required to issue or deny the concealed carry application within thirty (30) days. Upon denials, applicants will receive a written notice and have the chance to appeal the denial.

Permits Issued By
Alabama County Sheriff’s issue Alabama Pistol Permit which allow you to carry concealed in Alabama. Sheriffs to conduct a background check using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) on all applicants.

Eligibility Requirements

If you were found guilty but mentally ill in a criminal case.
If you were found not guilty in a criminal case by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect.
If you were declared incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case.
If you asserted a defense in a criminal case of not guilty by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect.
If you were found not guilty only by reason of lack of mental responsibility under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
If you required involuntary inpatient treatment in a psychiatric hospital or similar treatment facility.
If you required involuntary outpatient treatment in a psychiatric hospital or similar treatment facility based on a finding that the person is an imminent danger to himself or herself or to others.
If you required involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital or similar treatment facility for any reason, including drug use.
If you are or was the subject of a prosecution or of a commitment or incompetency proceeding that could lead to a prohibition on the receipt or possession of a firearm under the laws of Alabama or the United States.
If you falsified any portion of the permit application..
If you caused justifiable concern for public safety.
The sheriff shall take into account how recent any consideration under paragraph a. is in relation to the date of the application. The sheriff shall provide a written statement of the reasons for a denial of a permit and the evidence upon which it is based must be disclosed to the applicant, unless disclosure would interfere with a criminal investigation.
Except as otherwise provided by the laws of this state, a permit issued under this subdivision is valid 17 throughout the state, and a sheriff may not place conditions or requirements on the issuance of the permit or limit its scope or applicability.

Permit Renewal
Alabama Permits must be renewed before they expire. Contact your local county sheriff for the renewal application. Some counties send out renewal cards or notifications by mail. The Alabama Pistol Permits renewal fees vary depending on which county you are in.
What places am I prohibited from carrying concealed? 
A permit to conceal carry firearms does not authorize any person to carry a concealed firearm into, but not limited to, the following places:
  1. inside any police, sheriff or highway patrol buildings.
  2. prison, jail, halfway house, community corrections facility or other detention facilities.
  3. inside any facility that provides inpatient or custodial care for those with psychiatric, mental or emotional disorders.
  4. inside a courthouse, courthouse annex, or a building in which a District Attorney's office is located.
  5. a building in which a county commission or city council is holding a regular or special meeting.
  6. any building or facility to which access of unauthorized persons and prohibited articles is limited 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, biometric screening devices, or turnstiles or other physical barriers, and where the public entrances of such premises or buildings have been posted with notices alerting those entering that firearms are prohibited.
  7. any location prohibited by federal law.

Can I carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol when I’m not drinking? 
Yes, you may carry concealed into a restaurant like Apple bees . I personally recommended sitting in the dinning area and not at the bar. 

Any requirements when stopped by the police? 
Currently I could not find a statute that discusses this matter. I believe Section 13A-11-73 is where the information should be found. I believe its always in your best interest to inform a police officer that you have a weapon, even if your not required to.

What firearms or weapons can I lawfully posses? 
What firearms or weapons can I lawfully concealed carry? 
What are the laws on the use of deadly force? 
Alabama Code Section 13A-3-20
Definitions Section 13A-3-20 
Execution of Public Duty Section 13A-3-22
Use of Force in defense of a person Section 13A-3-23
Use of Force in defense of property Section 13A-3-26

Do I have to obey No Guns Allowed signs at a business? 
Yes, a sign must be posted at all public entrances to the building notifying the public that concealed carry is prohibited. 
Are hollow point bullets lawful in this state? 
Is my firearm lawful to possess in this state? 
Does this State have any restrictions on firearms? 

Transporting firearms in your vehicle 
Alabama Code 13A-11-73(b) (b) Except as otherwise prohibited by law, a person legally permitted to possess a pistol, but who does not possess a valid concealed weapon permit, may possess an unloaded pistol in his or her motor vehicle if the pistol is 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.

If you are transporting a firearm thru this state without a concealed carry permit the firearm must be; 
  1. Unloaded
  2. Locked in a compartment 
  3. Out of reach of any persons in the vehicle

Preemption law 
All laws concerning firearms and ammunition is reserved to the state legislature. Any rules, orders or ordinances 

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