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While Alabama is relatively lax in its laws on carrying firearms, its legislation is different from federal legislation. This means that certain individuals might be able to carry a firearm at the state level but not at the federal level. Breaking the rules surrounding who can carry firearms in specific areas usually comes with harsh punishments like felony charges, prison sentences, and large fines. For guidance on Alabama gun laws, contact a Florence gun crimes lawyer.

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At The Law Office of Brad Phillips, LLC, our attorney is experienced with criminal defense cases. We have handled numerous cases regarding a wide variety of criminal offenses, including gun crimes, domestic violence, and DUIs, among other charges. For more information about how The Law Office of Brad Phillips, LLC, can help you with your criminal charges, contact us for a consultation.

What Are Gun Crimes?

Many different types of charges fall into the category of gun crimes, including:

  • Felony Possession: Most violent felony and misdemeanor convictions also come with being prohibited from carrying a firearm in Alabama. Federally, all felons are not allowed to carry firearms. This means that you might be convicted of federal charges if you possess a gun with a felony conviction.
  • Certain Types of Guns: Specific guns, namely short-barreled shotguns and rifles, are not allowed in Alabama. Possession of either of these weapons can result in a felony.
  • Changing Manufacturer Information: Every firearm must have information about the manufacturer in the form of a number printed on the gun itself. Changing or removing this information in any way is a felony.
  • Certain Locations: While it is legal to carry a gun in most places in Alabama, there are strict limits to this rule. Specific buildings ban guns altogether. It’s important to understand these rules to avoid potential issues in the future.

As of 2023, it is legal to conceal-carry a gun in Alabama without a permit, with exceptions for private property and other types of buildings like police stations or other government buildings. Permits can still be issued, but they are no longer required.

FAQs

Q: How Much Time Can a Convicted Felon Get for Possession of a Firearm in Alabama?

A: It is illegal for a convicted felon to possess a firearm. The maximum penalty a convicted felon can receive for possessing a firearm in Alabama is a lengthy prison sentence and a significant amount of money in fines. This is a federal charge, not a state charge. The state of Alabama can sentence a convicted felon to years in state prison for possessing a firearm. Alabama is less strict on this law and only prevents those convicted of violent crimes from owning pistols, but the federal law still applies.

Q: What Makes Owning a Gun Illegal in Alabama?

A: In most cases, being convicted of a violent crime disqualifies you from owning a gun in Alabama. Other criteria that might disqualify you from owning a gun include mental illness or substance abuse. Minors are also not allowed to own a gun. For more specifics on who qualifies for gun ownership in Alabama, especially if you have a criminal history, contact a criminal defense attorney.

Reach Out to The Law Office of Brad Phillips, LLC

There have been many significant changes to Alabama’s gun legislation recently. This means that your knowledge of past statutes might not apply to current gun laws. For more information on recent changes to gun laws that affect you, schedule a consultation with The Law Office of Brad Phillips, LLC, to avoid any penalties or charges.

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