Gun Laws in Alaska

The gun laws in Alaska would rate as some of the most permissive in the United States. Any person in Alaska 21 years of age or older and who can legally possess a firearm can conceal carry a firearm, a permit is not required. Residents who want to carry a firearm in other states can obtain a concealed carry permit to use in states with which Alaska has a reciprocity agreement. Non-resident permits are not available. However, the permitless carry law also applies to non-residents while they are in Alaska.

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Alaska CCW Quick Facts

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Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Restuarants YES
Constitutional Carry YES
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Alaska Handgun Permit


  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Resident of Alaska and have lived in the state for more than 90 days.
  • Eligible under federal and state regulations to possess a firearm.
  • Not been convicted of two or more Class A misdemeanors of Alaska or similar laws in any other jurisdiction within the six years immediately preceding the application.
  • Not be currently under order nor in the three years immediately preceding the application have been under order to complete an alcohol or substance abuse treatment program.
  • Successfully complete an approved handgun competency course within the 12 months prior to the application.
  • Does not suffer a physical infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun.
  • Federal Law requirements

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Alaska Reciprocity List

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, Wyoming

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

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Washington D.C.

How Reciprocity Works In Alaska

  • All out-of-state permits are honored by Alaska provided the holder is at least 21 years old.
  • Any person in Alaska who is legally entitled to carry a firearm is allowed to carry it concealed without a permit.

Signed Reciprocity Agreements

Alaska has signed reciprocity agreements with the seven states listed below. The reciprocity agreements can be viewed at the Department of Public Safety website by clicking on (agreement) next to the state name.

Arizona, Florida, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota

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  • Alaska has stated they will only honor the Enhanced Permit from Idaho.
  • Oklahoma allows residents of Alaska to conceal carry without a permit. You are required to have Alaska state ID on you at all times.

Pointers: Alaska Handgun Laws

Alaska: Places Off-Limits for CCW

Places Off Limits in Alaska

  • School bus
  • Public or private school for grades K-12, including the school grounds and parking lot
  • Any place where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises, except a restaurant where the person carrying the firearm did not consume intoxicating liquor.
  • Any licensed child care facility if the facility is other than a private residence.
  • Courtroom or office of the Alaska Court System, or within a courthouse that is occupied only by the Alaska Court System and other Justice-related agencies.
  • 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.

AS 11.61.220 - Banned Places
7 AAC 10.1080 - Firearms and Ammunition

Places Allowed in Alaska

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Alaska Handgun Laws You Should Know

YES - Without a permit

Anyone who is at least 21 years of age and is allowed to legally possess a firearm can carry the weapon concealed or openly in a vehicle. You must inform law enforcement you are carrying the firearm if stopped by them. An officer can secure your firearm until after the stop.

Minimum Age to Transport a Handgun
To possess and transport a handgun without a permit a person must be a minimum of 16 years old. The handgun must be unloaded and secured in a vehicle. This conflicts with Federal law which states the minimum age to possess a firearm is 18.

The Law
  • AS 11.61.220
  • AS 18.65.800 - Possession of firearms in motor vehicles
  • 18 USC 922(x) - Federal law on transferring and possession of firearm by juvenile.
YES - Without a permit
There are no Alaska open carry laws, the law simply does not mention open carry which means it is legal for any person to open carry a firearm if they are legally allowed to possess the firearm. The minimum age to open carry is 16. This conflicts with federal law which prevents anyone under 18 from possessing a firearm. If the owner of a property asks you to leave you are required by law to leave. You must also inform law enforcement you are carrying a handgun if stopped by them while in a vehicle.
YES - Must Inform Officer
According to Alaska gun laws you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. There is nothing in the law to say you must carry a permit but we always recommend that you carry the permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun. The Law AS 11.61.220 - Alaska
No permit is required in Alaska to conceal carry a firearm if a person is 21 years or older and legally allowed to possess a handgun.
It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES     AS 11.61.220 
State/National Forests:    YES      AS 11.61.220

State Game Management Units:    YES

Road Side Rest Areas:   YES      AS 11.61.220


In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

Places that serve alcohol are listed as off-limit for persons carrying loaded firearms. The law makes an exception for restaurants that serve only beer or wine (but not liquor) if alcohol is not consumed.

Some restaurants may be posted with "NO GUN" signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a "Yes" then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

The Law
AS 11.61.220

Alaska gun laws give “No Weapons” signs the force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

The Law
13 AAC 30.110.
Notification of Places Where Concealed Handguns May not be Carried (b) Nothing in this chapter or in AS 18.65.700 - 18.65.790 precludes a person from posting, to the extent allowed by law, a notice regarding the carrying of a concealed handgun.

Permitless Carry States

Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.

History Of Alaska CCW Laws

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Learn Alaska's Gun History

The state of Alaska was the first to introduce Constitutional carry laws (permitless carry) in 2003. The law was based on those in Vermont often called "Vermont Carry".

Governor Frank Murkowski signed Bill 102 into effect on the 11 June 2003, thus ending the requirement for Alaskan residents to have a permit for concealed carry. The Bill simply changed the definition of the crime carrying a concealed weapon.

The law became effective on September 9, 2003, giving Alaska some of the most permissive gun laws in the United States. This started a trend with other states towards Constitutional carry laws. You can click on this link to a concealed carry history map to see how this trend has progressed since Alaska enacted its constitutional carry law.

If you would like to read more about the history of concealed carry in the United States then please check out this article at Wikipedia.

Alaska Gun Sales & Preemption

Private Gun Sales in Alaska

There are no requirements in Alaska to have a permit to purchase firearms such as handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Background checks are submitted if you do not have a concealed carry permit with NICS exemption status

Preemption in Alaska

The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state legislature 18.65.778. A municipality may not restrict the carrying of a concealed handgun.

Alaska Gun Statutes

“A well regulated militia been 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 a political subdivision of the state.”
(Article I § 1.19)

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Alaska Laws Relating To Concealed Carry

Alaska CCW FAQ's

Alaska CCW Contacts

Alaska Department of Public Safety

Permits & Licensing Unit


Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 5700 East Tudor Rd.

CityAnchorage, AK99507

Phone (907) 269-0392


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  1. If you work in or around a marijuana Business (owning a handlers permit) would that exclude you from buying a handgun?
    another way to put it do they consider a Cannabis worker to be a unlawful user of marijuana ¿

  2. Im a WA state resident with a concealed carry permit. I come to Alaska often and want to purchase a hand gun to keep in state. I realize that I cannot purchase a hand gun out of state from a firearms distributor but would I be allowed to purchase a pistol via private sale? Im under the impression that I can legally purchase guns privately in Alaska with a bill of sale.

  3. This may be a silly question, but can anyone define what they mean when they say “legally” in this context: “Any person in Alaska 21 years of age or older and who can legally possess a firearm can conceal carry a firearm, a permit is not required.” My main…I guess you could call it a concern?..being this – is part of that “legally” being a resident of Alaska?

    My husband is active duty Air Force and we recently moved to Alaska from the UK (so similar, amiright??), and we are looking into what it takes to own and carry firearms while we are here, specifically a handgun for me at least. The thing is, neither of us are residents of Alaska (although we have considered becoming residents while we are here, we can’t until we’ve been here at least a year I believe?), so I’m just trying to figure out how many hoops we need to jump through in order to carry while we’re here. Do we need to get permits from our home states? TIA

    1. You don’t need to be a resident, you just need to be law abiding. As long as there isn’t any legal reason for you to be prohibited the use of firearms ( for instance if you commit felonies on a daily basis) then Alaska recognizes your Right to be responsible for your own self defense.

  4. Originally I am from WA. State and I became an Alaska resident just under 2 years ago and is where I currently reside with no plans on moving away any time soon.

    In WA. State, I plead guilty to a felony procession of Marijuana charge in 2001. Will I need to be pardoned from WA State and have my gun rights restored prior to and in order to purchase a handgun in Alaska?

    1. Yes, as felons are not allowed to possess handguns in Alaska or any other state.

  5. Hi! I live in California but have a home in Alaska. Can I purchase a gun in Alaska to leave at my house in Alaska?? I went to a Sportsman Warehouse to purchase a gun, but they told me couldn’t sell to me since I was a resident of California.

    1. For hand gun that is true, it’s a federal law. You can legally purchase a long gun here . Also you can bring your hand gun from California and leave it in Alaska, there are no federal laws stopping you from moving your own property from state to state.

  6. I have sat through multiple concealed carry classes (mine and twice for my wife) and all three times it is stated that business can display signs but have no legal authority. You can be charged with trespassing if if asked to leave, but State law doesn’t forbid it.

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      here is the law;
      13 AAC 30.110. Notification of Places Where Concealed Handguns May Not Be Carried
      (b) Nothing in this chapter or in AS 18.65.700 – 18.65.790 precludes a person from posting, to the extent
      allowed by law, a notice regarding the carrying of a concealed handgun.

      They definitely have some authority when the law is backing them up.

  7. You think you have made a connection – NOT. A rate lies about what the truth really is. Statistics distort the truth. Nineteen states are below the national average rate, but they are also some of the largest in the nation. When you look at gun ownership rates vs. murder rates vs. gun murder rates, you get a clearer picture. Alaska has 61.7% gun ownership, but only 4.4% murder rate and 2.7% gun murder rate. 22 states and DC ALL have higher murder rates and 27 states and DC ALL have higher gun murder rates. And all of those states have lower ownership rates.

    Now maybe a better picture is appearing. DC has one of the lowest ownership rates and yet the highest murder and gun murder rates. Picture coming clear now?

    1. About time someone looked at our population here. Too many in the Lower 48 think we go around shooting each other.

  8. “The gun laws in Alaska would rate as some of the most permissive in the United States. ”
    “Alaska has the highest firearms fatality rate of any State in America”.

    Do I need to explain it ?

    1. Yes, please be honest, most of the death rates are due to suicide by gun, not homicide. Different picture when you tell the truth and not put a spin on it.

    2. More people die in drunk driving accidents per year than from firearms… Register those bottles of Jack…

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