The gunlyfe 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.
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
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.
DAYS TO PROCESS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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)
Alaska State Capitol Building
AS 11.61.220. Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Fifth Degree.
(a) A person commits the crime of misconduct involving weapons in the fifth degree if the person
(1) is 21 years of age or older and knowingly possesses a deadly weapon, other than an ordinary pocket knife or a defensive weapon,
(A) that is concealed on the person, and, when contacted by a peace officer, the person fails to
(B) that is concealed on the person within the residence of another person unless the person has first obtained the express permission of an adult residing there to bring a concealed deadly weapon within the residence;
(2) knowingly possesses a loaded firearm on the person in any place where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises;
(3) being an unemancipated minor under 16 years of age, possesses a firearm without the consent of a parent or guardian of the minor;
(4) knowingly possesses a firearm
(A) within the grounds of or on a parking lot immediately adjacent to an entity, other than a private residence, licensed as a child care facility under AS 47.32 or recognized by the federal government for the care of children, except that a person 21 years of age or older may possess an unloaded firearm in the trunk of a motor vehicle or encased in a closed container of a motor vehicle;
(B) within a
(C) within a domestic violence or sexual assault shelter that receives funding from the state;
(5) [Repealed, Sec. 7 ch 54 SLA 2013].
(6) is less than 21 years of age and knowingly possesses a deadly weapon, other than an ordinary pocket knife or a defensive weapon, that is concealed on the person.
(b) In a prosecution under (a)(6) of this section, it is an affirmative defense that the defendant, at the time of possession, was
(c) The provisions of (a)(2) and (4) of this section do not apply to a peace officer acting within the scope and authority of the officer’s employment.
(d) In a prosecution under (a)(2) of this section, it is
(1) an affirmative defense that
AS 18.65.800. Possession of Firearms in Motor Vehicles. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the state, a municipality, or a person may not adopt or enforce a law, ordinance, policy, or rule that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting 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. (b) This section does not limit a person’s rights or remedies under any other law. (c) The state, a municipality, or a person is not liable for any injury or damage resulting from the storage of a firearm in the vehicle of another individual in accordance with this section. (d) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, an employer or its agent may prohibit the possession of firearms within a secured restricted access area, as defined in AS 29.35.145 (e)(2), in a vehicle owned, leased, or rented by the employer or its agent or in a parking lot owned or controlled by the employer within 300 feet of the secured restricted access area that does not include common areas of ingress and egress open to the general public. The employer or its agent shall post conspicuous notice of the prohibition against possession of firearms at each entrance to the restricted access area and affected parking area.
AS 11.61.220. Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Fifth Degree. (e) For purposes of this section, a deadly weapon on a person is concealed if it is covered or enclosed in any manner so that an observer cannot determine that it is a weapon without removing it from that which covers or encloses it or without opening, lifting, or removing that which covers or encloses it; a deadly weapon on a person is not concealed if it is an unloaded firearm encased in a closed container designed for transporting firearms. (f) For purposes of (a)(2) and (e) of this section, a firearm is loaded if the
(1) firing chamber, magazine, clip, or cylinder of the firearm contains a cartridge; and (2) chamber, magazine, clip, or cylinder is installed in or on the firearm.
AS 11.61.220 – Misconduct involving weapons Any person who is 21 or over can be charged if they do not do as follows;
A municipality may not restrict the carrying of a concealed handgun.
11.61.220. Misconduct involving weapons in the fifth degree. (B) that is concealed on the person within the residence of another person unless the person has first obtained the express permission of an adult residing there to bring a concealed deadly weapon within the residence; (2) knowingly possesses a loaded firearm on the person in any place where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises; (4) knowingly possesses a firearm
(A) within the grounds of or on a parking lot immediately adjacent to an entity, other than a private residence, licensed as a child care facility under AS 47.32 or recognized by the federal government for the care of children, except that a person 21 years of age or older may possess an unloaded firearm in the trunk of a motor vehicle or encased in a closed container of a motor vehicle; (B) within a
(i) courtroom or office of the Alaska Court System; or (ii) courthouse that is occupied only by the Alaska Court System and other justice-related agencies; or
(C) within a domestic violence or sexual assault shelter that receives funding from the state
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18.65.748 Alaska Statute – Permit holders from other jurisdictions considered Alaska permit holders A person holding a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun from another state or a political subdivision of another state is a permittee under AS 18.65.700 (b) for purposes of AS 18.65.750 – 18.65.765. All other Alaska statutes apply to the permit holder. Permit holders must be 21 years old or older to be valid in Alaska.
18.65.775 Alaska Statute Requires the Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states that have the legal authority to enter into such agreements so that Alaska Concealed Handgun permittees may carry concealed handguns in those other states.
No, you will need ID to prove you are the person on the application.
No, you must be a resident of Alaska to renew your permit.
No, permits can only be issued to persons who have been in Alaska at least 90 days and intend to remain in Alaska.
Concealed carry permits are issued by the Alaska State Police.
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 30 days of the application being received.
Application fees for concealed carry permits are not refundable.
Any change of address requires you to notify the Department of Public Safety within 30 days.
You will need to file a replacement form with any certified copies of court or public documents supporting your name change. There is a fee of $25.
You will need to submit a replacement form for a concealed carry permit with a photograph taken within the last 30 days. These must be submitted in person to any Alaska State Trooper Office. There is a $25 fee.
You will need to complete a firearms training course and then file an application within 12 months of completing the course. You must deliver the application in person to a state trooper office.
You only need a permit if you plan on travelling out-of-state with your firearm. You will need to confirm the state you are traveling to honors an Alaska permit
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