In Alaska, any law-abiding adult may legally carry a handgun, whether openly or concealed. No special permit is required. However, the state issues handgun permits to its residents so that they can carry handguns into other states that recognize Alaska’s concealed carry license. Read on to learn the details of Alaska’s handgun permit process.
You qualify for a handgun permit in Alaska if you:
(Alaska Statutes § 18.65.705.)
If you meet the requirements above, the Alaska Department of Public Safety must issue you a handgun permit. You need to apply in person at an Alaska State Troopers’ office and meet the qualifications as described above. You cannot be suffering from a physical infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a firearm. You must also provide:
The application fee is not refundable. Your license is good until your birthday in the fifth year after it is issued, after which time it must be renewed.
(Alaska Statutes § 18.65.700.)
You can obtain an application form by visiting the Alaska Department of Public Safety website.
For a list of states where you can carry a handgun with a valid Alaska permit, see the website of the Alaska Department of Public Safety.
If you no longer meet the requirements for a permit set out above, your permit will be suspended and you must surrender it to the nearest peace officer. The Department of Public Safety will keep your permit until it is either revoked or returned to you. (Alaska Statutes § 18.65.735.)
Your permit will be revoked if you are disqualified under the rules above or if any of the following are true:
If your permit is revoked, you may not apply for another until at least five years have passed. The determination to revoke a permit is appealable.
(Alaska Statutes § 18.65.740.)
Even if you have a permit, there are places where you may not legally possess a concealed handgun. If you violate the law, you are guilty of a Class B misdemeanor (up to 90 days in jail), and other penalties may apply. (Alaska Statutes § § 18.65.755, 12.55.135.)
For more information about where you may and may not carry a gun in Alaska, see Open and Concealed Gun Carry Laws in Alaska.
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Alaska, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit or carry violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.