As of Sunday, 1st of January, individuals in the state of Alabama have the right to carry a firearm without first obtaining a license. This change in legislation was implemented through a state law passed during the previous year, and it represents a significant milestone for gun rights in the United States. With the implementation of this law, half of all states in the country now allow their residents to carry handguns without the need for a permit.
Just over a decade ago, this was a privilege that was only granted to residents of two states: Vermont and Alaska. These states allowed their citizens to carry guns without a license, citing the Second Amendment to the Constitution as a blanket permit for all residents to bear arms. The recent change in Alabama’s laws adds to the growing number of states that have expanded gun rights in this manner.