The Department of Conservationattempted to changeit's gun control policy last year to allow "lawfully licensed persons" topossess handguns on wildlife management areas. However, when a statute and a regulation are in conflict, the regulation is supposed to be a nullity according to Alabama case law. For what it's worth, here's what the DCNR regulations say about the subject:
220-2-.21 Possession of Firearms or Bow and Arrow in anyWildlife Management Area, Refuge or Sanctuary Prohibited
No person shall take, carry, or possess any firearms or bow of anydescription whatsoever in any wildlife management area in this State during the closed season on game birds, game and/or fur-bearing animals, except on an open designated target range and except a person may possess a bow and arrow only during special bow season allowed for the taking of rough fish. No person shall at any time take, carry or possess any firearms or bows ofany description whatsoever in or on any wildlife refuge or wildlife sanctuarylocated in or on any national forest area in this State, or on or in any state or federal sanctuary except by special permit or when bow and arrows may be legally possessed during special bow season provided for the taking of rough fish on such areas by regulations of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, provided, however, that this rule shall not apply to thepossession of firearms by State Conservation Officers, state or county enforcement officers, or federal agents, when they are on active duty in theperformance of their duties in the enforcement of the laws of this State.
220-2-.55 Wildlife Management Areas, Community Hunting Areas,Public Hunting Areas, and Refuges of Alabama
(1) It shall be unlawful on ALL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, COMMUNITY HUNTING AREAS, PUBLIC HUNTING AREAS, AND REFUGE AREAS, all of which are established as "wildlifemanagement areas" by Rule 220-2-.22 and all of which are hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to herein as "AREAS" or "AREA":
... (f) To have in possession any fully automatic rifle or any firearms, ammunition or bow and arrow except as described below:
... (1-14) [describing legal firearms for hunting specific species of wildlife]
... (ff) Nothing in this regulation prohibits or requires a wildlife
management area permit for the possession of handguns by
lawfully licensed persons for personal protection, provided the
handguns are not used to hunt or take or to attempt to take wildlife
except as otherwise provided by this regulation.
Nothing inregulation 220-2-.55 prohibits possession of handgunsbylawfully licensed persons, but what about regulation 220-2-.21 and state law?? I do believe there are some conflicts involved.