Open carry and carrying concealed weapons on Fort Rucker is PROHIBITED.

General Information

All personnel residing on Fort Rucker are required to register their firearms.

Soldiers and family members will submit a request to the unit commander to register privately-owned firearms. The unit commander will verify proof of legal ownership of the firearm and that the individual is not prohibited from owning a firearm. The unit will approve requests on Fort Rucker (DPS) Form 818. The individual requesting to register the firearm will hand carry the form to the provost marshal’s office, located at Bldg. 5001, Lucky Star St. Fort Rucker, AL 36362 for firearms registration.

This approval will also document that the Soldier or family member has received appropriate safety training on the use and storage of the firearm and is knowledgeable of federal, state, or local laws, or ordinances concerning the possession, use, and transportation of the firearm.

Personnel who bring a firearm onto the installation to engage in authorized sporting activities are required to register it. Fort Rucker (DPS) Form 818 documenting registration must be presented to personnel at installation access control points to document registration. Personnel without this form and carrying a firearm will not be authorized to bring the weapon on the installation.

Carrying Privately-owned Weapons and Ammunition on Fort Rucker

The carrying of privately-owned weapons, explosives, and ammunition on Fort Rucker is prohibited unless authorized by the installation commander. The installation commander has clear authority and responsibility to regulate privately owned weapons, explosives, and ammunition on Fort Rucker.

The carrying of open or concealed weapons on the installation is prohibited regardless of whether a state or county permit has been obtained.

Registration of Privately-owned Weapons (including authorized war trophies)

Firearms brought on Fort Rucker or purchased on post will be registered in ALERTS within 24 hours (for on-post storage or other authorized use purposes). Personnel not registering purchased firearms on post will be instructed to directly remove the firearm from post. Firearms will be deregistered from ALERTS when post authorization is no longer required.

Fort Rucker (DPS) Form 818 firearms registration will be provided to the owner.

Individuals will present Fort Rucker (DPS) Form 818 when the firearm is out of an approved storage location and being transported on the installation.

Personnel keeping or storing POWs and ammunition (including authorized war trophy firearms) on the installation will comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations on ownership, possession, registration, off-post transport, and use.

Soldiers residing in barracks rooms will store both firearms and ammunition in the unit arms room or other locations authorized by the installation commander.

Transportation of Privately-owned Weapons and ammunition on Fort Rucker

Privately-owned firearms will be transported in vehicles only while traveling in a direct route to and from hunting areas, dog training areas, target ranges, or other locations authorized by the installation commander. No stops are authorized.

The carrying of a loaded firearm in a vehicle is prohibited.

Privately-owned firearms carried in a vehicle will be secured in the trunk. For vehicles without a trunk, firearms will be encased in a container other than the glove compartment and carried in such a manner that they will not be readily available to the driver or passengers. Commercially-available trigger locks and other security devices are strongly recommended to deter and prevent loss and theft.

Personnel who remove privately-owned firearms from the installation will comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws pertaining to ownership, possession, and registration.

The registration of privately-owned weapons by person(s) described below is prohibited:

  • Any person convicted of a felony.
     
  • Any person convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a felony (the Lautenberg Amendment to the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended in 1996). The Amendment:
     
    1. Makes it a felony for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of firearms or ammunition to any person he or she knows or has reasonable cause to believe has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
       
    2. Prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from shipping or transporting in interstate or foreign commerce, or possessing in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or receiving any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
       
  • Any person who is a fugitive from justice.
     
  • Any person who has been convicted in any court of the possession, use, or sale of marijuana, dangerous or narcotic drugs (the term convicted includes non-judicial punishment under Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 15).
     
  • Any person who is presently declared as mentally incompetent or who is presently committed to any mental institution.
     
  • Any civilian or Family member under the age of 18 is prohibited from the use of firearms, unless accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18.

Download Fort Rucker (DPS) Form 818 (PDF)