Posted on January 3, 2012
Last updated January 13, 2012
In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas. Alaska ranked 39th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws in the country. Among other things, 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 2009, Alaska had the 11th 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
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