Code of Alabama Section 13A-11-59

Possession of firearms by persons participating in, attending, etc., demonstrations at public places.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this subsection, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

(1) DEMONSTRATION. Demonstrating, picketing, speechmaking or marching, holding of vigils and all other like forms of conduct which involve the communication or expression of views or grievances engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers. Such term shall not include casual use of property by visitors or tourists which does not have an intent or propensity to attract a crowd or onlookers.

(2) FIREARM. Any pistol, rifle, shotgun or firearm of any kind, whether loaded or not.

(3) LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. Any duly appointed and acting federal, state, county or municipal law enforcement officer, peace officer or investigating officer, or any military or militia personnel called out or directed by constituted authority to keep the law and order, and any park ranger while acting as such on the grounds of a public park and who is on regular duty and present to actively police and control the demonstration, and who is assigned this duty by his department or agency. Such term does not include a peace officer on strike or a peace officer not on duty.

(4) PUBLIC PLACE. Any place to which the general public has access and a right to resort for business, entertainment or other lawful purpose, but does not necessarily mean a place devoted solely to the uses of the public. Such term shall include the front or immediate area or parking lot of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern, shopping center or other place of business. Such term shall also include any public building, the grounds of any public building, or within the curtilage of any public building, or in any public parking lot, public street, right-of-way, sidewalk right-of-way, or within any public park or other public grounds.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person, other than a law enforcement officer, to have in his or her possession or on his or her person or in any vehicle any firearm while participating in or attending any demonstration being held at a public place.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person, other than a law enforcement officer as defined in subsection (a) of this section, to have in his or her possession or about his or her person or in any vehicle at a point within 1,000 feet of a demonstration at a public place, any firearm after having first been advised by a law enforcement officer that a demonstration was taking place at a public place and after having been ordered by such officer to remove himself or herself from the prescribed area until such time as he or she no longer was in possession of any firearm. This subsection shall not apply to any person in possession of or having on his or her person any firearm within a private dwelling or other private building or structure.

(d) Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided by law.

(Acts 1979, No. 79-455, p. 743; Code 1975, §13-6-131.)

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  • Bulldog81

    Many LEO and Sheriffs state that it is illegal to carry a firearm into a place where alcohol is served. Some even have this information posted on the back of the issued CCW licenses. I cannot find anywhere in the AL code that declares this restriction.

    • Michael D’Auben

      My understanding is that local sheriffs can and sometimes do add additional restrictions to permits that they issue. This is unfortunate, but legal, even though there are no state restrictions on carrying in places serving alcohol.

  • ree

    Can you carry a licensed handgun into a theater concealed?

    • Butch Byrd

      If you have a CC permit, yes.

  • Samaritan

    Ree, yes you can with a CCW permit. You do need to always be on the lookout for signs of businesses banning guns. They cannot ‘BAN’ the guns when concealed by one with a conceal carry permit, but if they ask you to leave and you do not respectfully comply it is misdemeanor trespassing. There is a list of places illegal to carry with a CCW, it is government buildings: court, post office, etc… establishments that primarily serve alcohol (bar), but I thought that one was only if you were drinking. I’m no lawyer, but read on the issue as a CCW holder, and have cop friends I discuss it with here in Alabama.

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