Alaska Gun Laws
Alaska has very permissive gun laws compared to the contiguous United States. No license is required to carry a handgun in Alaska, whether openly or concealed. Further, Alaska does not require Universal Background Checks or firearm licensing and registration. Local and city governments may have laws that are more restrictive, but local firearms regulation is invalidated by Alaska state law. Due to these laws and its largely rural population, Alaska is a very popular state for firearms enthusiasts, hunters, and single-gun owners alike.
- Gun Laws at a Glance
- Firearm License Requirements
- Background Checks
- Gun Shows
- Ammunition and Hardware Restrictions
- Prohibited Persons
- Prohibited Places
- Concealed Carry Laws
Alaska Gun Laws at a Glance
|Concealed Carry Premit Required||No|
|Open Carry Premitted||Yes|
|Waiting period before purchasing||No|
|Lost and Stolen Firearm Reporting||No|
|Firearms License Required for Purchasing||No|
|Universal Background Check||No|
|Large Capacity Magazine Ban||No|
Firearm License Requirements
Alaska does not require gun owners to obtain any kind of license.
Alaska has no laws requiring background checks when purchasing firearms from unlicensed dealers.
When purchasing from licensed dealers, background checks are required in Alaska under federal law. Because Alaska has no state-level requirements for background checks, firearms dealers are required to initiate a background check through the FBI.
Alaska has no laws regulating gun shows or the transferring of firearms at gun shows
Hardware and Ammunition Restrictions
|Assault Weapons||No restrictions|
|50 Caliber Rifles||No restrictions|
|Machine Guns||Alaska law categorizes machine guns as “prohibited weapons”, which are illegal to possess, transfer, sell, manufacture, or transport.|
|Large Capacity Magazines||No restrictions|
|Ammunition||Alaska has no restrictions on ammunition. However, state parole boards may prohibit released prisoners from obtaining or possessing ammunition.|
Felons and minors who have committed felony offenses are prohibited from possessing a concealable firearm. This prohibition is waived if 10 years or more have elapsed between the date of the violation and the offender’s discharge.
Convicted felons are also prohibited from knowingly residing in a dwelling where a concealed firearm is kept.
Alaska does not prohibit violent misdemeanants, persons with mental illnesses, or domestic abuse offenders from owning firearms.
|Schools||Alaska prohibits both the open and concealed carrying of guns in preschool, elementary, junior high, or secondary schools.||Alaska has no laws regarding firearms on college or university campuses.|
|Vehicles||Alaska allows anyone to possess a firearm within a motor vehicle. Municipalities, local governments, or other persons may not prohibit such possession. Alaska also allows anyone to store a firearm in any parked vehicle as long as either the vehicle or firearm is locked. Municipalities, local governments, or other persons may not prohibit such possession.||An employer is allowed to prohibit firearms in the following areas:
|Public Courthouses||Concealed and open carry of firearms prohibited.||None.|
|Locations and events selling alcohol||Concealed and open carry of loaded firearms prohibited in locations selling liquor for on-premises consumption.||There are two affirmative defenses: The loaded firearm is a handgun that is covered or enclosed so that an observer cannot determine that it is a handgun without removing it from, or opening, that which covers or encloses it. The possession occurred at a restaurant and the defendant did not consume intoxicating liquor.|
Concealed Carry Laws
|“No Gun” Signs||Enforced|
|In-Vehicle Carry||Yes - unloaded and secured.|
|Restaurant Carry||You may carry concealed, unloaded firearms in bars and restaurants that do not serve hard liquor.|
|State Park Carry||Concealed carry is permitted in all state parks, state/national forests, state game management units, and roadside rest areas.|
|While Hunting||Concealed carry permitted while hunting.|
Obtaining a Concealed Carry License
You are not required to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Alaska. However, you may optionally apply for a concealed carry permit. By having this permit, you will be exempt from further background checks when buying additional firearms. You can also use this license to carry in other states with which Alaska has reciprocity agreements.
|Requirements for a Concealed Carry License|
|Applicants for concealed carry licenses in Alaska must:
Concealed Carry Firearms Training
Alaska does not require any sort of firearms training, knowledge, or expertise prior to the issuance of a concealed carry license.
Concealed Carry Location Restrictions
Alaska prohibits concealed carrying of a firearm in any of the following locations:
- The grounds of, or on a parking lot immediately adjacent to, a child care center (other than a private residence);
- A courtroom or office of the Alaska Court System, or a courthouse that is occupied only by the Alaska Court System and other justice-related agencies; or
- A domestic violence or sexual assault shelter that receives funding from the state
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