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Summary of Alaska Gun Laws

Alaska is a shall-issue, constitutional carry 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.

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 of age or older who can legally possess 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. 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. A person may use deadly force in self-defense upon another person when and to the extent the person reasonably believes the use of deadly force is necessary for self-defense against death, serious physical injury, kidnapping, sexual assault or abuse, or robbery. A person has no duty to retreat before using deadly force in the person’s temporary or permanent residence, property they own or lease, at their workplace or when protecting a child or a member of their household. Any person who uses a gun in self-defense has immunity from criminal and civil law. 

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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 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.

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

No.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Alaska?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are defined as defensive weapons and are legal to purchase and possess without a permit.

It is illegal for K-12 students to have stun guns or Tasers on school property or on school buses without the prior permission of the chief administrative officer of the school or district, or the designee of the chief administrative officer for the possession.

[Alaska Stat. §§ 11.81.900(a)(20) and 11.61.210(a)(7)]

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Alaska?

Yes. There is no statute prohibiting the purchase or use of pepper spray in Alaska.

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 handgun 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 Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Concealed carry is allowed in restaurants, unless posted and provided you consume no alcohol. However, it is not allowed in bars.

[Alaska Stat. §§11.61.220(a)(2) and (d)]

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. Nor prohibit 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. 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.

[Ala. Stat. § 18.65.755

[13 Ala. Admin. Code § 30.110(b)]

Preemption?

Does Alaska have preemption laws 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.

Brandishing?

Does Alaska state law define brandishing?

No. However, a person commits the crime of assault in the third degree if that person recklessly places another person in fear of imminent serious physical injuries by means of a dangerous instrument.

[Alaska Stat. § 11.41.220]

A person commits the crime of disorderly conduct if, in a public or private place, the person challenges another to fight or engages in fighting other than self-defense.

[Alaska Stat. § 11.61.110]

Carry While Consuming Alcohol?

Does Alaska have laws regarding carrying a firearm while consuming alcohol?

No consumption allowed.

[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.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Alaska?

No.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Alaska?

No. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Alaska Permit Exempts from Background Check?

Does my current Alaska concealed carry permit exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?

Yes, for concealed weapons permits marked NICS-Exempt only.

Waiting Period?

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

No.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Alaska?

No.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Alaska?

16 years old. 

(a) A person commits the crime of misconduct involving weapons in the fifth degree if the person;

(3) being an unemancipated minor under 16 years of age, possesses a firearm, switchblade or gravity knife without the consent of a parent or guardian of the minor.

[AS 11.61.220]

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Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Alaska?

Yes, for self defense only and not as a legal means of harvest.

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Alaska?

Yes, provided the firearm is legal, there is no prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon for anyone that is at least 21 years old who is legally allowed to possess a firearm, The handgun must be for self defense only and not as a legal means of harvest.

Hunter Harassment Law?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Alaska?

It is illegal to intentionally obstruct or hinder another person’s lawful hunting, fishing, trapping or viewing of fish and game. Illegal activities include positioning one’s self in a location where human presence may alter the behavior of fish or game another person is pursuing. It is also illegal to create a sight, sound, smell, or physical stimulus to alter the behavior of fish and game another person is attempting to take.

[AS 16.05.790]

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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


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)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized if at least 21 years old; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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:
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.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Alaska and interested in applying for a resident permit? How soon can you apply?
Alaska issues permits to residents only. In order to apply for your permit, you must be an Alaska resident and have lived in the state for more than 90 days.

Moving from Alaska and have an Alaska resident permit? Does that permit transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Alaska permit remains valid?
If a person with an Alaska concealed handgun permit establishes residency in another state, the pistol permit expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.


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 if the course tests the applicant’s:

  • Knowledge of Alaska law relating to firearms and the use of deadly force;
  • Familiarity with the basic concepts of the safe and responsible use of handguns;
  • Knowledge of self-defense principles; and
  • Physical competence with a handgun.

Be sure to verify that any firearm training you receive in order to obtain your permit is approved by the state of Alaska.

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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 his or her 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.


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 bars/restaurants that serve alcohol? Concealed carry is allowed in restaurants, unless posted and provided you consume no alcohol. However, it is not allowed in bars.
  • 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);

[Alaska Stat. § 11.61.210(a)]

  • 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;

[Alaska Stat. § 11.61.220]

  • 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

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 pocketknife. 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.

[Alaska Stat. §§ 11.61.220, Alaska Stat. § 11.61.210(a)(7) & (a)(8)]


Alaska Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2020-02-24

Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table

2020-02-18

Added related blog posts with links

2020-02-11

Added info regarding residency changes and resulting impacts on carry permits

2020-01-27

Updated the knife laws and added statutory references

2019-12-04

Added info on whether a valid state ccw permit exempts a person from needing a background check when purchasing a firearm to the At A Glance table

2019-11-14

Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations

2019-10-31

Added brandishing info to At A Glance table

2019-10-11

Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table

2019-09-30

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table

2019-08-29

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-24

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-04-25

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-06

Links checked

2019-03-14

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

2019-02-20

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

2019-02-15

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

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church info to locations restrictions

2019-01-25

Links checked

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication to At a Glance table

2019-01-10

Mag limit info added to At A Glance table

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Permit numbers were obtained from the Crime Prevention Resource Center’s publication entitled, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2018.” Numbers include resident and non-resident permits for those states that issue both.

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