Alaska has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the United States. As long as you are 21 or over you can open carry, concealed carry without a permit and own a handgun if you live in Alaska. Even though federal law requires you to be 18 or older to transport a firearm, in Alaska if you are 16 you can have a gun in your vehicle. It, however, must be secured and not loaded. If police stop you, you must inform them that you have a firearm in the car. You do not need any permits to open or concealed carry in Alaska. Compared to other U.S. states, Alaska makes it very easy to purchase a firearm or ammunition. Except for a few designated places, you can openly carry a gun just about anywhere in Alaska. One significant stipulation Alaska enforces is that you may not be under the influence of alcohol or consume any drugs while in possession of a firearm.
Alaska’s policy is Unrestricted/Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
Alaska does issue permits to residents to use when crossing state lines for states that honor Alaska’s carry reciprocity. The thirty-eight states that do honor Alaskan carry permits are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Alaska honors 53 states and territories permit’s for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, along with the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The twelve states that do not honor Alaska’s permits are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Washington D.C.
Alaska has very permissive concealed carry laws. You can open carry without a permit or license. You don’t need a license to concealed carry, but there are rules to follow. First, you can have a firearm in your vehicle as long as it is unloaded and secured. If you come upon an officer, you must notify them that you are carrying. You must observe all “no weapon” signs where posted and you can carry your weapon into any state park. Alaska’s concealed carry is considered Constitutional carry, which means they have no permits and licenses and it is legal to carry wherever you like. You can carry within restaurants, but bars and other places that serve alcohol are “off limits.” Some restaurants post “no gun” signs, and you must observe those rules. You cannot be carrying if you consume any alcohol.
Alaska does issue concealed carry weapons permits but only for reciprocity. Within the state, residents can carry openly or conceal without a permit. However, to qualify for a carry license to travel you need to be at least 21 years old. You must also be a resident of Alaska and have lived there for at least 90 days. You must comply with all federal statutes regarding carry licensing. You cannot be a convicted felon or have been diagnosed with any mental illness. You cannot be under government order to be in a treatment program for drugs or alcohol for at least three years prior. You also have to complete a gun safety course successfully. You cannot have any physical disability that would hinder your ability to handle and operate a firearm properly.
Due to Alaska’s very lax firearm laws, dealers are not state-mandated to perform a background check before selling rifles and guns. However, the dealers are federally mandated to complete a background check through the NCIS system before selling any firearm to an Alaska resident. The only exception to this is buyers who already have state permits to purchase firearms legally without a background check. These people are labeled NICS-Exempt, and no background check is needed when selling to them. Private sales of guns are not subject to a background check.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Concealed handgun permit||$87.00||$25.00 (During the 90 days before the permit expires|
$50.00 (Late Renewal - may be made up to 60 days after expiration)
|$25.00||$195.00||Permit fees are not refundable if the application is not approved.|
|State parks||School bus|
|State and national forests||Public or private school for grades K-12|
|Road side rest areas||Any place where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises|
|Vehicle||Any licensed child care facility if the facility is other than a private residence|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden||Courtroom or office of the Alaska Court System|
|Within a domestic violence or sexual assault shelter that receives funding from the state|
|Within another person’s residence|
|Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law|
|Monday – Friday:||8:00 am - 4:30 pm|
|Address:||Alaska Dept. of Public Safety|
Permits and Licensing Unit
5700 E. Tudor Road
|City:||Anchorage, AK 99507|
5700 East Tudor Road Anchorage, AK 99507