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.
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:
- 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 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.