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Alabama has no law requiring a background check on the purchaser of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer. Alabama law prohibits anyone from delivering a handgun (but not a long gun) to any person he or she has reasonable cause to believe is a minor, (except under the circumstances provided in Section 13A-11-72), a drug addict, an habitual drunkard, or a person of unsound mind, has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of committing or attempting to commit a crime of violence, misdemeanor offense of domestic violence, a violent offense as listed in Section 12-25-32(14), anyone who is subject to a valid protection order for domestic abuse, or anyone of unsound mind.1 An individual may deliver a handgun to such persons if they have had their firearm rights restored by operation of law or legal process.2

 See our Universal Background Checks policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Ala. Code § 13A-11-76.[]
  2. Id.[]