Obtaining License in Alabama

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    Obtaining License in Alabama

    I am probably getting my first pistol in the next couple weeks and I am very interested in obtaining my concealed permit as well. Now I know that Alabama is a may issue state and I notice that the Tuscaloosa County application has a line asking why I am seeking the permit.

    My intentions are obviously for personal protection of myself and my family, but I don't know exactly how I should word it so I don't get turned down for some reason.

    I could be over thinking this, but I just wanted to make sure. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help...

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    When I got mine upon turning 21, I answered that line as "personal protection."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaredpointer View Post
    When I got mine upon turning 21, I answered that line as "personal protection."
    My brother lives in Pickens County(right next door to you) and that's what he put on his application. He's had it for three years now.
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    Alabama is like Connecticut and Iowa. While the law is "may issue" on the books, unless you're a criminal you can get one with relative ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro2A View Post
    Alabama is like Connecticut and Iowa. While the law is "may issue" on the books, unless you're a criminal you can get one with relative ease.
    That was what I was kind of feeling, but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks for all the help guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaSteve View Post
    That was what I was kind of feeling, but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks for all the help guys.
    Good luck with your CCW Steve! And ROLL TIDE!
    If you cannot stand behind our troops feel free to stand in front of them.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    If you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself..."Baa."

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    I put Self-defense on mine
    and got it no problem.

    Unless you tick off the sheriff you shouldn't have a problem
    “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaSteve View Post
    That was what I was kind of feeling, but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks for all the help guys.
    Alabama CCW Concealed Carry Hand Gun Legal Info

    Here is a good link on Alabama and the process required to obtain a CCL. It should get you squared away.

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    Thanks for everyone's help, I feel better about going into this. Hopefully I'll get my pistol in a couple weeks and get to the permit soon after.

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    You can get your permit before you own a pistol.
    You don't have to wait until after you buy the gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum36 View Post
    You can get your permit before you you own a pistol.
    You don't have to wait until you buy the gun.
    It may be different here in Tuscaloosa County, but in their FAQs section it say one pistol has to be on the permit. If this is wrong I'll go ahead and do the app.

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    Yes, it may be different in other counties. Check first.

    In Mobile County, you don't have to own a pistol to apply for permit.
    When I first obtained my permit (about 5 years ago) I thought you had to have a pistol first. But there were no questions asked about what type or how many pistols I own.

    The permit only says " can carry any legal pistol".

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum36 View Post
    Yes, it may be different in other counties. Check first.

    In Mobile County, you don't have to own a pistol to apply for permit.
    When I first obtained my permit (about 5 years ago) I thought you had to have a pistol first. But there were no questions asked about what type or how many pistols I own.

    The permit only says " can carry any legal pistol".
    I'll check into it again. I used to live down there in Robertsdale (Baldwin County).

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    Shortly after I moved here, I stopped by the Elmore County Sheriff's Office to inquire about the process. The nice lady at the counter asked if I wanted one. In about 10 minutes I was on my way with the "State of Alabama Pistol License - Unrestricted." Having moved from the Left Coast, I was pleasantly surprised.

    The renewal date is my personal celebration of the Second Amendment. At work, I just tell'em, "I've got county business today." I renew, tour a few gun shops, make a purchase and then out to the range.

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    Congrats on taking the step!!!
    Have some family down there and you should have no problem.

    Also no one has asked (weird) what gun are you planning on.

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