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Citizens of Alabama No Longer Need a Permit to Carry a Concealed Gun

Alabama's governor signed the new law on Thursday amidst concerns from law enforcement

Due to new legislation in Alabama, state residents will not be required to get a permit or be subjected to a background check to carry a concealed weapon as of 2023.

On Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey signed legislation that removes the requirements for concealed carry permits, making Alabama the 22nd state to embrace such a policy.

“Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law-abiding citizens, Alabama is reaffirming our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” Ivey said in a statement“I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do that again today.”

The new Alabama law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, allows citizens to carry a gun in their clothing, purse, or car without a permit. The state does not require a permit for open carry of a weapon, nor does it require a background check for purchasing a gun.

The Alabama Sheriff’s Association (ASA) opposed the new legislation. The group rallied against the law earlier this month, arguing that permit-less conceal carry laws would make it easier for people to obtain guns and not register them.

ASA director Robert Timmons said in January, “Absolutely without question for public safety just like a driver’s license; you need a driver’s license. If you don’t have a license, you can’t drive. If you don’t have a permit, you can’t carry a concealed gun.”

Other states around the nation have considered permit-less carry measures, including Georgia, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, and Nebraska.

The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said it would keep supporting the effort nationwide in a statement.

“NRA will continue to champion this God-given right until every state in the nation is a constitutional carry state,” said Jason Ouimet, the institute’s director.

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