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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2022 ‘Gun Dealers in Alabama.’ Gun Sales. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 15 August

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Dealer Regulations in Alabama

Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.

Alabama law requires every retail dealer of handguns (but not rifles or shotguns) to obtain a local license. A city, town or political subdivision may grant retail firearms dealer licenses that are effective for no more than one year, subject to the following conditions:

- The business must be carried on only in the building designated in the license;
- The license or a copy thereof, certified by the issuing authority, must be displayed on the premises where it can easily be read;
- No handgun may be sold in violation of state law;
- No handgun may be sold unless the purchaser is personally known to the seller or presents clear evidence of his or her identity;
- A record shall be made of every handgun sold (see the Alabama Retention of Sales / Background Check Records section); and
- No handgun or imitation handgun or placard advertising the sale thereof shall be displayed where it can readily be seen from the outside…

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