Alaska Gun Laws

Alaska Gun Laws

Alaska State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                     

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO NO

* A permit to carry a concealed handgun is not necessary in Alaska, but permits are available to those who want to carry in states that recognize Alaska permits. Per AS § 18.65.748, a person holding a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun from another state or a political subdivision of another state is recognized permitee under Alaska law for purposes of carrying a concealed handgun.

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places Yes, unless in defense of family member or child
Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places Kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, Robbery
Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle No - Premises owned or leased by defender, his permanent or temporary residence, or workplace
Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places Yes - Arson, carjacking, theft of occupied car
Immunity from Civil liability YES
Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law N/A

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Alaska

You must apply IN PERSON for a concealed handgun permit at an office of the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, or a municipal police department authorized to accept Alaska concealed handgun permit applications.  You must show a valid Alaska driver’s license or identification card at the time of application.

Alaska's laws do not prohibit anyone 21 or older who may legally possess a firearm from carrying it concealed. A special permit is not required. Possession of a firearm, whether concealed or open, is restricted in some circumstances and locations.  Alaska's laws do not apply to other states. Alaska residents may obtain a concealed carry permit if they want to travel to other states with which Alaska has reciprocity agreements.

Alaska handgun permits are generally good for 5 years. However, in 2008/09 the legislature passed HB201 into law. The law states: A permit issued under (a) of this section expires on the person's birthday in the fifth year following issuance of the permit. The department may adjust the length of an initial permit so that a permit is not issued for a period of more than five years.

Alaska State CCW Application, CLICK HERE: