PISTOL PERMIT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: as of August 1, 2013

Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Courthouse, Room 206

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we are unable to issue permits after 4:30 p.m.

If I have just moved to Madison County, may I apply for a state pistol permit to carry a concealed weapon?
Is it necessary for me to obtain a pistol license before I purchase or own a pistol?
Where do I apply for an Alabama state pistol permit?
Will I be investigated if I make an application to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office for a pistol license?
How long does it take to obtain a pistol license?
Who may obtain a pistol license?
What are the age requirements to obtain a pistol license?
Could I be arrested or prosecuted if I give any false information in order to obtain a pistol license?
My felony convictions happened before the Gun Control Act became effective on October 22, 1968. Can I obtain a pistol or pistol license?
What do I do after I apply?
Can my application be denied?
What happens if I am denied?
How much does a pistol license cost?
What forms of payment are accepted?
Does a pistol license have to be renewed?
How may I renew my license?
How much does a renewal cost?
How long do I have to reside in Madison County before I can obtain a pistol license?
May a pistol license be revoked?
Is the license valid in other counties?
Is the license valid in other states?
Is my out-of-state permit valid in Alabama?
If I have a State of Alabama pistol license, may I transport my pistol into another state if I go on a vacation or make a business trip?
May I carry my handgun to my employer location?
Where am I restricted from carrying my weapon?
May I carry a pistol in my vehicle in Madison County without a pistol license?
May I carry my pistol on my person in open view of the public?
What types of locations restrict where I am allowed to carry my firearm?
What does this permit allow?

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN HANDLE CLAIMS AGAINST GUN MANUFACTURERS AND/OR AMMUNITION MANUFACTURER IN ALABAMA WITH CONSENT OF THE GOVERNOR.

THE PERMIT HOLDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADHERING TO STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS REGARDING GUN POSSESSION AND PISTOL PERMITS.

The following may be used as reference sources.

o Federal Law: 18 USC §922

o State Law: SB286

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