See our Categories of Prohibited People policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Alaska prohibits a person from possessing a concealable firearm (i.e., handgun) after having been convicted of a felony or adjudicated a delinquent minor for conduct that would constitute a felony if committed by an adult by any court. However, this prohibition does not apply if the felony was not an offense against a person and a period of 10 years or more has elapsed between the date of the person’s unconditional discharge and the date of the violation.1
In 2010, Alaska repealed a law that prohibited a person intoxicated by liquor or a controlled substance from possessing a handgun.2
Alaska law prohibits a convicted felon from residing in a dwelling knowing that there is a concealed firearm in the dwelling.3
Alaska has no state law prohibiting firearm purchase or possession by:
- Violent misdemeanants;
- Persons with mental illness; or
- Persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders.
For information on the background check process used to enforce these provisions, see the Alaska Background Checks section.
- Alaska Stat. § 11.61.200(a)(1), (b)(1)(C). ⤴︎
- 2010 AK. ALS 100 (repealing former Alaska Stat. § 11.61.200(a)(12). ⤴︎
- Alaska Stat. § 11.61.200(a)(10). The felon is exempt from this prohibition if he or she has written authorization to live in a dwelling in which there is a concealable weapon from a court of competent jurisdiction or from the head of the law enforcement agency of the community in which the dwelling is located. Id. ⤴︎