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 2017, Alaska had the highest gun death rate among the states. Alaska also supplied crime guns to other states at the fifth highest rate among the states. Despite its remote location from the lower 48 states, Alaska exported crime guns at more than 2.5 times the national rate.
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