Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Alabama

Women And Handgun Shooting Alabama AL

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Alabama, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Alabama, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Alabama?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Alabama who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Alabama. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Alabama

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Alabama and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Alabama, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Alabama that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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The Alabama State Constitution states: "That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state."

The State preempts local regulation of handguns. The handgun preemption statute reads "the entire subject matter of handguns is reserved to the State Legislature." With regards to firearms other than handguns, localities may regulate the discharge of firearms and levy taxes. On April 21, 2010, Gov. Bob Riley signed House Bill 2 into law as Act 2010-496 amending Ala. §13A-11-63, to allow civilian ownership of short-barrel rifles and short-barrel shotguns, as allowed by federal law. Alabama has always been a supporter of gun ownership by its citizens, and is considered a pro 2nd amendment state.

Alabama currently has reciprocity agreements with 23 different states; for a complete listing of these and reciprocity agreements of all states in the country visit US Precision Defense reciprocity maps located on our Home page.

Gun owners and sportsmen earned a major victory with the passage of an omnibus firearms bill, Senate Bill 286. This NRA-supported bill was signed into law in May of 2013 by Governor Robert Bentley (R) and will take effect on August 1, 2013. Senate Bill 286 will protect and restore Alabama citizen Rights to keep and Bear Arms in Alabama by reforming the state gun laws. A complete list of this bill can be found on both the Alabama State and NRA-ILA websites.

Some of the most notable provisions of the Bill 286; One of the measures allows gun owners who do not have a concealed-carry permit to keep their weapons inside their vehicles. The bill will also allow Alabama residents to bring their guns onto their workplace property as long as the firearm stays hidden in their vehicle. The new legislation also calls for fines to be levied on law enforcement officials who try to stop law-abiding citizens from open holster carry of their firearms.

A comment on gun control from the Alabama Sheriff’s association: “Every Sheriff in Alabama takes the Oath of Office to support the Constitution of the United States, which includes the 2nd Amendment, and the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 (which includes Article I, Section 26). The Sheriffs support the laws of the land, as they expect all of the citizens of Alabama to do.”

US Precision Defense applauds Alabama for the states support of the 2nd amendment. As laws change we keep our database updated and can be found on our reciprocity maps located on our home page. 

In Alabama with the recent passage of omnibus firearms bill, Senate Bill 286 there are some very significant changes to the law, two very notable provisions are first; Shifts the current “May Issue” concealed carry permit system to a “Shall Issue” permit system and requires that a sheriff must issue or deny the carry permit within thirty days.  Should someone be denied a permit, a written denial must be provided and that applicant would have an opportunity to appeal the denial.

The second provision is in regards to reciprocity agreements; the new law allows for all other valid state-issued permits to carry a concealed firearm to be recognized in Alabama. This one provision alone is impressive in that it is a clear support of the 2nd amendment. It is expected that many other states will add Alabama to their list of states that will be approved to carry concealed within their borders and part of mutual reciprocity agreements.  

In response to the recent Federal Governments attempt to force highly restrictive Gun control laws onto the states without their participation in the decision process Alabama was one the first states to push back and the Alabama Senate in a recent session voted 24-6 for a bill that would declare federal gun control laws to be null and void in Alabama if they were in "violation of the Second Amendment." Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, said the law would put the federal government on notice that the state would not enforce "unconstitutional" gun control laws. He also stated “They are not going to use our law enforcement resources to enforce their law that we believe is unconstitutional,”

The Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said on Facebook prior to the announcement from President Obama that he planned on legislation and executive orders concerning his ideas on Gun-Control;  “Today, President Obama will unveil his plan to infringe on your gun rights. Guns are not the problem and gun control is not the answer. To simply point a finger at guns and call for their outlaw is lazy, patently political and constitutionally dangerous.”

Alabama is a state the believes and upholds that constitution, all of it, even the 2nd amendment, and have become one of the leading states that is not only speaking up, it is taking actions to safeguard its state citizens’ rights even if it means in defiance of the current administration in Washington.

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