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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is here to assist you, as a law abiding citizen of Montgomery County, in obtaining a permit to carry a concealed pistol. Under Alabama law, Title 13A-11-73, “No person shall carry a pistol in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except on his land, in his own abode, or fixed place of business, without a license, therefore as hereinafter provided.” Simply put, under Alabama law, you must have a permit to carry a concealed pistol on your person or to carry a loaded pistol, concealed or not, in your vehicle.

The first requirement to obtain a pistol permit from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is that you must reside in Montgomery County. State law requires that you apply for a pistol permit in the County where you reside; however, the permit, once issued, is valid throughout the State of Alabama, as well as any reciprocal state. The law also allows a Sheriff a measure of discretion in determining whether a person is a suitable person to be licensed. The Sheriff is prohibited from issuing a license to carry a pistol to a person who, by law, would be ineligible for such a license. The first step in obtaining your Montgomery County Pistol Permit is to truthfully fill out a Pistol Permit Application. You must then be able to pass a nationwide criminal history background check which will reveal any local, state, and nationwide arrest. Once this background check is completed, you will then be issued your pistol permit.

Permit in Montgomery County:

1. You must reside in Montgomery County (Title 13A-11-75)

2. Provide completely truthful information on the Permit Application (Title 13A-11-81)

3. Not be convicted of a crime of violence (Title 13A-11-70 and Title 13A-11-72)

4. You must not be a drug addict, habitual drunkard, or be of unsound mind (Title 13A-11-76)


The Sheriff is allowed by state law to use a certain amount of discretion in determining if you are a suitable person to be licensed to carry a pistol based on your overall criminal background check.

          Under Alabama law, the following persons are forbidden to possess a pistol:

(Title 13A-11-72) A person who has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of committing or attempting to commit a crime of violence. A crime of violence as defined by Alabama Law includes any of the following crimes or an attempt to commit any of them:


1. Murder

2. Manslaughter (except Manslaughter arising out of the operation of a vehicle)

3. Rape

4. Mayhem

5. Assault with Intent to commit Robbery

6. Assault with Intent to Ravish

7. Assault with Intent to Murder

8. Robbery

9. Burglary

10. Kidnapping

11. Larceny


The Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 makes it illegal for a person who fits into one or more of the following categories to receive or possess a firearm. These laws prevent the Sheriff from issuing a Pistol Permit because it would be illegal for people who fit in these categories, by Federal law, to own or possess a gun.


1. A person who has been convicted, in any court, of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year,

2. A person who is a fugitive from justice,

3. A person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance,

4. A person who has been adjudicated as mentally defective or has been committed to a mental institution,

5. A person who is an alien, illegally or unlawfully, in the United States, or an alien admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa,

6. A person who has been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions,

7. A person, having been a citizen of the United States, who has renounced his or her citizenship,

8. A person who is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner,

9. A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Such a person cannot lawfully receive, possess, ship, or transport a firearm. A person who is under indictment for information for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year cannot lawfully receive a firearm. Such person may continue to lawfully possess firearms obtained prior to the indictment or information.

10. You must be at least 21 years of age (U.S. Code Annotated 922 (b1)).



Alabama Reciprocal Gun Law

Since August 1, 2001, the State of Alabama has had the legislative authority to recognize reciprocal concealed weapons permits with other states, due to the passage of Act 2001-494 (Senate Bill 122), which was signed by the Governor on
May 15, 2001.

This law allows Alabama concealed weapon permit holders to take their weapons into states that recognize Alabama licenses. It also allows residents of other states to bring their weapons into Alabama as long as the state issuing the license recognizes Alabama gun licensing laws.

§ 13A-11-85. Reciprocity for licenses issued in other states.

(a) A person licensed to carry a handgun in any state whose laws recognize and give effect in that state to a license issued under the laws of the State of Alabama 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 shall periodically publish a list of states which meet the requirements of subsection (a). (Act 2001-494, p. 862, § 1.)


Penalty for violation of license to carry a pistol

Any person in violation of Alabama’s license to carry a pistol law may be arrested and upon conviction, subject to a term of imprisonment of not more than one year in the County Jail and a fine of not more than $500, or both. The pistol will be seized and may be forfeited by court order.



 Please check the Alabama Attorney General’s web site for updated information on states that have entered into a reciprocal agreement with the state of Alabama.

Attorney General List of Reciprocal Gun Law States 

Pistol Permit Application (Word format)

Pistol Permit Application (PDF Format)