Phenix City, AL asked in Criminal Law for Alabama

Q: hey, I was wondering, is it ok for one to voluntarily serve as their neighborhood's armed private security guard?

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Travis T Juneau
Travis T Juneau
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: To directly address your question, it depends. It depends on a multitude of factors that primarily relate to will the person be in lawful possession of the firearm. Alabama law allows for persons to carry firearms lawfully if certain requirements are met, for example, if the firearm is concealed the person will need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Further, there may be specific city ordinances or neighborhood covens that could lead to criminal and civil liability for carrying a firearm in a neighborhood. Also, it should be noted that a civilian carrying a firearm does not have the same protections as a law enforcement officer in the same situation and could easily find themselves in trouble both criminally and civilly if the firearm is used or drawn. If there is a problem in the neighborhood that requires an armed presence, my advice would be to request the local law enforcement agency provide extra patrols in the area. If you are thinking of undertaking the role of an armed guard in your neighborhood you need to consult an attorney in your area more familiar with your local laws and ordinances and tell them the specific facts and circumstances.

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