States value individual freedom and the right to bear arms; however, there must be certain restrictions to ensure the public’s safety and protection from individuals who abuse this right. Although Alabama has relatively lenient gun control laws, the state still classifies who can be eligible for firearm ownership.

Firearm Prohibitions

Alabama law states that an individual cannot purchase or own a gun if they:

  • Have been convicted of a criminal act of violence or violent offense.
  • Are classified as having an “unsound mind.”
  • Have been convicted of a misdemeanor offense of domestic violence.
  • Are subject to a valid protection order for domestic abuse.

Background Check Procedures

Alabama’s Firearms and Weapons Law requires federally licensed firearm dealers to perform background checks on individuals wanting to purchase guns. Conducting background checks allows firearms to not end up in the wrong hands. Before transferring firearms, Alabama firearms dealers must conduct background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Other Restrictions

Alabama law prohibits individuals under the age of 18 from purchasing or owning a handgun, except under certain circumstances provided by law. The law also prohibits individuals addicted to drugs or habitual drunkards from possessing a gun.

Contact a Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorney

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