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Old September 21, 2010, 12:29 AM   #1
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Alabama non-resident purchasing

I have asked questions about this before, but due to recent law changes I am asking again, trying to get some clarification on the law if anyone has any insight.

Situation: KY resident trying to purchase long gun in AL.
Law: Alabama recently repealed their adjacency requirement for state of residence to buy a long gun, i.e. you no longer have to live in AL or a bordering state. (ยง13A-11-58)

HOWEVER, according to multiple FFLs I have talked to, KY residents still can not buy guns in AL. They do not know why (just talking to the guys running the counter), they just have a list that says KY is part of a handful of states that cannot buy guns in AL. I have not found any legal justification that would support that claim in the wording of the law or otherwise. I'm totally in the dark on this one.
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Old September 21, 2010, 09:58 AM   #2
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Could it possibly that Ky. has a law that says a Ky. resident can only buy in Ky. or adjacent states...

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Old September 25, 2010, 07:43 PM   #3
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Well, that's appears to be it. I had never even considered that possibility, but some searching on the topic turned up a forum where someone said that Kentucky has a contiguous restriction on it's own residents to buy long guns. This is surprising to me considering KY has otherwise very lax gun laws in just about every area. I sort of find that law questionable, i.e. one jurisdiction regulating what can be bought and done in other jurisdictions. I mean, sure your home state could ban certain firearms outright or regulate who they sell to, but restricting their residents to only buy legal items to a certain area has always seemed kind of strange. But at least now I know. Thanks for the help!
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Old September 25, 2010, 09:57 PM   #4
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Some states wrote their laws in a manner that mirrored the federal law of the time. When the federal law was changed, the state law still remained in effect.
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