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Alaska Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 04/25/2019
Carry allowed with my Alaska permit?
Yes
Yes, With Restrictions
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Alaska Gun Laws

Alaska is a shall-issue state. There is no firearms registration, no permit is required to purchase firearms and no background check is required to buy a handgun from a private individual.

Any person in Alaska 21 years of age or older who can legally possess a firearm can conceal carry or openly carry a firearm — a permit is not required. Residents who are seeking to be exempt from background checks when purchasing additional firearms or who want to carry a firearm in other states can obtain a concealed handgun permit to use in states with which Alaska has a reciprocity agreement.

Open carry is legal in Alaska for any person who is legally allowed to possess a firearm. The minimum age to open carry is 16. This conflicts with federal law, which prevents anyone under 18 from possessing a firearm. Some areas are off-limits, including K-12 schools and any place where intoxicating liquor is sold for on-site consumption.  

Concealed carry is legal for anyone at least 21 years old with a concealed carry permit. Concealed handgun permits are issued by the Alaska State Police and require a firearms training course that has been state-approved. Alaska does not issue permits to non-residents. In terms of reciprocity, since Alaska has permitless carry, any person 21 years of age and older who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit. 

Alaska is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “stand your ground” law and a person has no duty to retreat from any place he or she has a right to be before using deadly force. Any person who uses a gun in self-defense has immunity from criminal and civil law. 

11k
Permits Issued
0.7M
State Population
1.56%
Permit Percentage
51
States Honored
38
Reciprocating States
21
Minimum Age to CC

Alaska Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Alaska allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Alaska?

Yes, without a permit. Alaska is a permitless carry state. Any person who is at least 21 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry.

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Alaska requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall Issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Alaska to get a concealed carry permit?

21

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Alaska with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Alaska issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

No.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Alaska allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Alaska?

Yes, a loaded firearm can be carried openly or concealed by anyone at least 21 years old that can legally own a handgun.

[Alaska Stat. § 18.65.800]
Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Alaska?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Alaska?

Yes.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Alaska?

Yes, unless posted and provided you consume no alcohol.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Alaska have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

The state, a municipality or a person may not adopt or enforce a law, ordinance, policy or rule that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm while that individual is within a motor vehicle or prohibiting an individual from storing a firearm that is locked in the individual's motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is otherwise legally parked in or on state or municipal property or another person's property. This section applies only to possession of a firearm by an individual who may legally possess a firearm under state and federal law.

An employer or its agent may, however, prohibit firearms possession in the following areas:

(1) Within a “restricted access area” (an area beyond a secure point where visitors are screened that does not include common areas of ingress and egress open to the general public);

(2) Within a vehicle owned, leased or rented by the employer or its agent; or

(3) In a parking lot owned or controlled by the employer within 300 feet of the secured restricted access area.

[Alaska Stat. § 18.65.800(a)]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Alaska?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Alaska have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Alaska have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Alaska? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes.  Per Ala. Stat. § 18.65.755. A permittee may not possess a concealed handgun anywhere a person is prohibited from possessing a handgun under state or federal law. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a person who violates this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

[13 Ala. Admin. Code § 30.110(b)]
Preemption?

Does Alaska have [preemption laws](https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/resources/terminology/firearms-and-ammunition/preemption) related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, and, except as specifically provided by statute, a municipality may not enact or enforce an ordinance regulating the possession, ownership, sale, transfer, use, carrying, transportation, licensing, taxation or registration of firearms. Municipalities may enact and enforce ordinances that, in part, restrict the discharge of firearms, prohibit firearms in restricted access areas or municipal government buildings.

[Alaska Stat. § 29.35.145(a)]
Red Flag Law?

Does Alaska have a red flag law?

No.


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The individual right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the state or political subdivision of the State."
Article 1, Section 19

Alaska Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Alaska honor?

Alabama (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
California (if at least 21 years old)
Colorado (if at least 21 years old)
Connecticut (if at least 21 years old)
Delaware (if at least 21 years old)
District of Columbia (if at least 21 years old)
Florida (if at least 21 years old)
Georgia (if at least 21 years old)
Hawaii (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (if at least 21 years old)
Illinois (if at least 21 years old)
Indiana (if at least 21 years old)
Iowa (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Maryland (if at least 21 years old)
Massachusetts (if at least 21 years old)
Michigan (if at least 21 years old)
Minnesota (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 21 years old)
Montana (if at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (if at least 21 years old)
Nevada (if at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 21 years old)
New Jersey (if at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (if at least 21 years old)
New York (if at least 21 years old)
New York City (if at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Ohio (if at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
Oregon (if at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (if at least 21 years old)
Rhode Island (if at least 21 years old)
South Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (if at least 21 years old)
Texas (if at least 21 years old)
Utah (if at least 21 years old)
Vermont (if at least 21 years old)
Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Washington (if at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Wisconsin (if at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (if at least 21 years old)

Since Alaska has permitless carry, any person 21 years of age and older who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit. All permits issued by another state or a political subdivision of another state are honored by Alaska, per Alaska Statute 18.65.748, provided the holder is at least 21 years old and can legally possess a firearm.


Other States' Reciprocity With Alaska

Which states honor permits from Alaska?

Alaska residents can carry a concealed defensive firearm in the state of Oklahoma without any type of permit. You must carry your driver's license or state-issued ID when carrying your firearm in Oklahoma.

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Alaska

Which states honor permits from Alaska with restrictions?

Wisconsin (issued/renewed on or after 1/14/2013)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Alaska Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be eligible to own or possess a handgun under state and federal law;
  • Have been a resident of Alaska for the preceding 90 days;
  • Not have been convicted of 2 or more class A misdemeanors (or similar laws in another jurisdiction) within the preceding 6 years;
  • Not currently be in, nor in the preceding 3 years been ordered by a court to complete, an alcohol or substance abuse treatment program; 
  • Not suffer a physical infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun;
  • Have successfully completed a handgun training course within the last 12 months; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

New permit $87

Renewals made during the 90 days before the permit expiration $25.00

Renewals made up to 60 days after expiration $50.00
 

Valid For:

Not more than 5 years (expires on the applicant’s birthday).

Processing Time:

30 days

Application:

Link to application
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Alaska doesn't issue permits to non-residents.

Name/Address Changes:

An Address Change form is recommended for use to change an address. Notification of address change can also be by letter or email. Delivery to the Permits and Licensing Unit may be by email, letter, fax, or personal delivery. There is no fee for change of address.

A change of name or other information that will require a new permit to be issued, such as through marriage or a court decree, must be reported to the Department of Public Safety within 30 days of the change. A copy of the document that caused the change and a written request must be faxed, mailed, or delivered to the Department of Public Safety. The fee to change data that requires a new permit be printed is $25.00. The old permit does not have to be returned.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

A lost, stolen or damaged permit that is still within its valid period may be replaced by completing the replacement request form and submitting the form, payment of fees and a new photograph. Even if the form is filled out online, it must still be printed out for an original signature and submitted in hard copy. The form must be submitted in person to an office of the Department of Public Safety or to a municipal police agency that is authorized to accept the forms and verify the holder’s identification. There is a $25 fee for the replacement permit.


Alaska Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for an Alaska Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a firearms course within 12 months of application.

Step 2:

Have your fingerprints taken by an approved vendor.

Step 3:

Download and complete the application form.

Step 4:

Take the completed application to the State Troopers' office with the following:

  • Training course certificate; 
  • Valid Alaska driver’s license or identification card;
  • A passport-style photograph taken within 30 days; and
  • Two complete sets of fingerprints on FBI-approved fingerprint cards.
     
Step 5:

You will be notified by mail within 30 days if your application has been approved or denied.


Firearms Training Requirements in Alaska

The department shall approve a handgun course, including the personal protection course offered by the National Rifle Association (NRA), if the course tests the applicant's:

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Alaska Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew an Alaska Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

A permit holder may renew their permit beginning 90 days before the expiration date. Permits may not be renewed after they have been expired more than 60 days. If the holder desires a permit after 60 days, the “new permit” process must be completed, including completion of a new competency course.

Renewal forms may be downloaded and completed by hand or may be filled out online and printed out. The renewal form must have an original signature. 

Step 2:

Send or take the completed renewal form to the State Troopers' office with a passport-style photograph taken within 30 days.

Step 3:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved or denied.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Since Alaska has constitutional carry allowing anyone 21 or older who may legally possess a firearm to carry, no special permit is required. Therefore, off-duty/retired federal and state law enforcement officers may carry concealed weapons in Alaska without a permit or meeting the annual LEOSA qualification requirement. Since Alaska doesn’t issue IDs, Alaska LEOs/retired LEOs cannot carry under LEOSA outside of Alaska. If an Alaska LEO/retired LEO plans to travel to another state that has reciprocity with Alaska, he or she may apply for an Alaska concealed handgun permit.


Alaska Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Alaska?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Alaska?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • In or around any public or private K-12 school or on a school bus without the knowledge and consent of the school's administrator (weapons may be unloaded and locked in the trunk of a car or secured in a locked container);
  • In or around a child care facility (weapons may be unloaded and locked in the trunk of a car or secured in a locked container);
  • In someone else's home without his or her specific knowledge and permission;
  • In any place where intoxicating liquor is sold for on-site consumption (except a restaurant, provided the person does not consume alcoholic beverages);
  • In a courthouse, court room or office of the court system or justice-related agencies;
  • In correctional institutions;
  • In domestic violence or sexual assault shelters;
  • Places such as hospitals, universities, gymnasiums or private property (they may restrict or deny concealed carry on their premises); and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Alaska Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Alaska?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Alaska?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Alaska?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Alaska?

No.

What are the knife laws in Alaska?

The state of Alaska does not forbid the ownership of any type of knife. Anyone over the age of 21 can carry a concealed knife, but the carrier must alert any law enforcement with whom they come into contact about anything beyond a pocket knife. Anyone possessing a knife that can be defined as a deadly weapon should also report his or her weapon before visiting a house so that he or she can receive explicit permission to take the knife inside. Students K-12 may never take knives to school. Adults can only have a knife on the premise of these schools, including parking lots, with the written approval of the school’s principal.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in AK?

No consumption allowed, per Alaska Stat. § 11.61.220(d)(1)(C).
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for Alaska Gun Laws


Alaska Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
04/25/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/06/2019

Links checked

03/14/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

02/20/2019

Added info and a link to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

01/31/2019

Added info to

01/25/2019

Added church info to locations restrictions

01/25/2019

Links checked

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/27/2018

Updated At A Glance table restaurant info

12/12/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

11/29/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Alaska


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