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This was just reported on USA Carry by Luke McCoy and I thought I'd share it... Alabama Gun Law Changes Go Into Effect Today – Aug 1, 2013 August 1, 2013 | by Luke McCoy On May 20, 2013, the NRA-supported Senate Bill 286 was signed into law making it a big victory for gun owners across the country. This bill made 8 key changes that restored and protected the Right to Bear Arms in Alabama. Even if you do not live in Alabama, these new changes do affect you. One of the changes made was to the Alabama Concealed Carry Reciprocity. Alabama now accepts concealed carry permits from ALL states. We have updated our Concealed Carry Reciprocity Maps to reflect this change. We have also embedded the Alabama Reciprocity Maps at the bottom of this post. Other changes include: Making Alabama a Shall Issue State Sheriffs are now required to use the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS) when performing background checks on concealed carry applicants. Alabama Pistol Permit holders can store their firearm in their vehicle while they are at work. Applicants can choose how long the permit will be valid for from one to five years. Alabama Hunting License holders can store an unloaded rifle or shotgun in their vehicle while they are at work. Alabama State Legislature has total control over firearm, ammunition and firearm accessory regulation and policy to keep them uniform. Castle Doctrine extends into a place of business Transportation of a handgun in a vehicle is allowed without an Alabama Pistol Permit if you are legally permitted to possess the handgun. The handgun must be unloaded, locked in a container or container that is in or affixed securely to the vehicle and out of reach of the driver or any passenger.