How to Get a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Alabama

By eHow Legal Editor

Alabama does issue carry and conceal weapon (CCW) permits. Alabama is unusual in that the county sheriff has broad discretion on the issue of CCW permits. Check with your local Sheriff's Office and go to www.legallyarmed.com for details on your county. The following steps will show you how to get a concealed weapon permit in Alabama.

Be at least 18 years old and a resident of Alabama. The county sheriff can set the minimum age limit higher.

Fill out a CCW application at your county Sheriff's Office. If granted, the permit is good for up to one year from the date of issue. Alabama law states that the applicant must have a good reason for carrying a concealed firearm, but in practice a permit is generally granted to anyone who qualifies. Alabama counties are not required to run a background check although most do, so Alabama's CCW permit cannot serve as a National Instant Criminal System (NICS) check.

Provide photo identification and other documents required by your county. Some counties require training while others do not. The fee for a carry and conceal permit varies depending on the county.

Look at the Alabama attorney general's opinion at www.ago.state.al.us arguing that city and county governments can not prohibit city or county workers from carrying concealed firearms on the job. Only law enforcement officials may carry a pistol into a public school or within 1,000 feet of a demonstration.

Present the CCW permit to a law enforcement officer upon demand.