Starting tomorrow, Aug. 1, Alabama’s new comprehensive gun law takes effect, which among other things will make the Heart of Dixie a ‘shall issue’ state as opposed to a ‘may issue’ state with respect to concealed carry and will allow law-abiding gun owners to store firearms in their vehicles while they’re at work.
However, there’s way more to it than that and given the fact that there has been so much uncertainty about the new law and how it impacts gun owners, businesses, colleges, universities and the non-gun owning public, below is arguably the best explanation of the new law on the Web, courtesy of local news affiliate WHNT and their interview with Madison County Chief Deputy Chris Stevens.
Of course, Alabama residents can always read the bill itself, Senate Bill 286, or contact their local sheriffs for clarification.
Can I openly carry a pistol on public property?
Yes. There is no law preventing you from openly carrying a pistol in Alabama, if you may legally possess a pistol.
Can I be charged with disorderly conduct for openly carrying a pistol?
No. The new law specifically states that you can’t be charged with disorderly conduct for openly carrying a pistol.
§13A-11-7-c. It shall be a rebuttable presumption that the mere carrying of a visible pistol, holstered or secured, in a public place, in and of itself, is not a violation of this section.
Can I carry a pistol on someone else’s private property?
If you have a valid concealed weapon permit or if you have the consent of the owner of the property, then yes, you can have a pistol on someone else’s private property.
§13A-11-52. Except as otherwise provided in this article, no person shall carry pistol about his person on private property not his own or under his control unless the person possesses a valid concealed weapon permit or the person has the consent of the owner or legal possessor of the premises…
Can I openly carry a pistol in my car? Can I conceal a gun in my car?
If you are on property you own, such as your back yard or farmland, you may have a pistol in your car, concealed or not. If you are not on your property and you don’t have a concealed weapons permit, you can’t have a loaded pistol in your car at all. If you do have a concealed weapons permit, you can have a pistol in your car.
§13A-11-73. (a) Except on land under his or her control or in his or her own abode or his or her own fixed place of business, no person shall carry a pistol in any vehicle or concealed on or about his or her person, without permit issued under Section 3 13A-11-75(a)(1) or recognized under Section 13A-11-85.