Alaska State Law Summary

Posted on January 3, 2012


Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Alaska ranked 49th out of 50 – having some of the weakest gun laws in the country.

In 2013, the Alaska legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation

AK H 24 Removes the duty to retreat in any place a person has a right to be.
AK H 69 Amends existing law that seeks to nullify the application of federal firearms law in the state.


Alaska does not:

In 2010, Alaska had the highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. In addition, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Alaska ranked fourth among the states in terms of the number of crime guns exported to other states per capita in that year. Alaska exports crime guns at over 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.