State Law Background
Alaska does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Regulate ammunition sales;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Provide local governments with the discretion to deny concealed weapons permits.
In 2016, Alaska had the highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. In addition, based on 2016 Firearms Trace Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Alaska ranked fifth among the states in terms of the number of crime guns exported to other states per capita in that year. Despite its remote location from the lower 48 states, Alaska exports crime guns at more than twice the national average.
Alaska Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Alaska, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.
People Prohibited from Firearm Possession
Sales & Transfers
Gun Dealers & Other Sales
Gun Owner Responsibilities
Firearms in Public Places
Consumer & Child Safety
Classes of Weapons & Ammunition
Investigating Gun Crimes