Alaska — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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Alaska — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Percentage of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

In Alaska, the fraction of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 60.01
2002: 60.62
2001: 57.83

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Alaska, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be 2004: 50.914

Gun Ownership by US State and Decade

In Alaska, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 63.55 6
1991/2000: 68.2
1981/1990: 72.6

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

In Alaska, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2010: 1447
2009: 104
2008: 142
2007: 120
2006: 111
2005: 116
2004: 117
2003: 120
2002: 127
2001: 95
2000: 116
1999: 88

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 20.287
2009: 14.88
2008: 20.66
2007: 17.64
2006: 16.44
2005: 17.39
2004: 17.75
2003: 18.51
2002: 19.77
2001: 14.99
2000: 18.50
1999: 14.08

Homicides (any method)

In Alaska, annual homicides by any means total

2010: 447
2009: 26
2008: 29
2007: 50
2006: 43
2005: 37
2004: 41
2003: 47
2002: 40
2001: 38
2000: 37
1999: 51

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

In Alaska, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 6.207
2009: 3.72
2008: 4.22
2007: 7.35
2006: 6.37
2005: 5.55
2004: 6.22
2003: 7.25
2002: 6.23
2001: 6.00
2000: 5.90
1999: 8.16

Gun Homicides

In Alaska, annual firearm homicides total

2010: 307
2009: 17
2008: 15
2007: 25
2006: 28
2005: 24
2004: 20
2003: 32
2002: 26
2001: 25
2000: 16
1999: 27

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.227
2009: 2.43
2008: 2.18
2007: 3.67
2006: 4.15
2005: 3.60
2004: 3.03
2003: 4.94
2002: 4.05
2001: 3.94
2000: 2.55
1999: 4.32

Handgun Homicides

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),8 annual handgun homicides total

2012: 19 10
2011: 5
2010: 3
2009: 1
2008: 9
2007: 13
2006: 15
2005: 15
2004: 16
2003: 21
2002: 16
2001: 10
2000: 7
1999: 6
1998: 12
1997: 13
1996: 24
1995: 17

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.1412
2011: 0.69
2010: 0.42
2009: 0.14
2008: 1.31
2007: 1.91
2006: 2.22
2005: 2.25
2004: 2.43
2003: 3.24
2002: 2.49
2001: 1.58
2000: 1.11
1999: 0.96
1998: 1.94
1997: 2.12
1996: 3.94

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),8 annual handgun homicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13 10
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Homicides

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),14 annual long gun homicides total

2012: 09 10
2011: 3
2010: 6
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 7
2006: 6
2005: 2
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 2
2001: 9
2000: 3
1999: 11
1998: 5
1997: 11
1996: 3
1995: 7

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.0012
2011: 0.41
2010: 0.84
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.58
2007: 0.44
2006: 0.89
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.31
2002: 0.31
2001: 1.42
2000: 0.48
1999: 1.76
1998: 0.81
1997: 1.79
1996: 0.49
1995: 1.16

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),14 annual long gun homicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13 10
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Homicides (Other)

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2012: 109 10
2011: 8
2010: 10
2009: 12
2008: 0
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 0
2003: 1
2002: 0
2001: 1
1999: 6
1998: 2
1997: 2

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.3712
2011: 1.11
2010: 1.40
2009: 1.72
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.16
1999: 0.96
1998: 0.32
1997: 0.33

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2010: 2813 10
2009: 15
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 22
2006: 25
2005: 23
2004: 18
2003: 30
2002: 24
2001: 21
2000: 16
1999: 25

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

In Alaska, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 3.9413 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 3.23
2006: 3.70
2005: 3.45
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 4.63
2002: 3.74
2001: 3.31
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 4.00

Suicides (any method)

In Alaska, annual suicides by any means total

2010: 1647
2009: 143
2008: 169
2007: 149
2006: 135
2005: 131
2004: 155
2003: 124
2002: 132
2001: 102
2000: 137
1999: 96

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

In Alaska, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 23.097
2009: 20.46
2008: 24.58
2007: 21.90
2006: 19.99
2005: 19.64
2004: 23.51
2003: 19.12
2002: 20.55
2001: 16.10
2000: 21.85
1999: 15.37

Gun Suicides

In Alaska, annual firearm suicides total

2010: 1077
2009: 79
2008: 116
2007: 94
2006: 79
2005: 87
2004: 94
2003: 79
2002: 92
2001: 65
2000: 96
1999: 55

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 15.077
2009: 11.30
2008: 16.87
2007: 13.82
2006: 11.70
2005: 13.04
2004: 14.26
2003: 12.18
2002: 14.32
2001: 10.26
2000: 15.31
1999: 8.80

Handgun Suicides

In Alaska, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 6713
2009: 43
2008: 58
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 30
1999: 16

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 9.4313
2009: 6.15
2008: 8.44
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 4.79
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Suicides

In Alaska, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 3213
2009: 33
2008: 42
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 28
1999: 18

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.5113
2009: 4.72
2008: 6.11
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 4.47
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Suicides (Other)

In Alaska, annual gun suicides (other) total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 16
2007: 87
2006: 68
2005: 81
2004: 89
2003: 76
2002: 87
2001: 61
2000: 38
1999: 21

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 12.79
2006: 10.07
2005: 12.14
2004: 13.50
2003: 11.72
2002: 13.54
2001: 9.63
2000: 6.06
1999: 3.36

Unintentional Gun Deaths

In Alaska, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2007: 07
2006: 4
2005: 2
2004: 0
2003: 3
2002: 1
2001: 1
2000: 2
1999: 3

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.007
2006: 0.59
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.46
2002: 0.16
2001: 0.16
2000: 0.32
1999: 0.48

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

In Alaska, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

In Alaska, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

In Alaska, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

In Alaska, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2007: 17
2006: 0
2005: 3
2004: 2
2003: 6
2002: 6
2001: 4
2000: 1
1999: 2

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.157
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.45
2004: 0.30
2003: 0.93
2002: 0.93
2001: 0.63
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.32

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

In Alaska, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

In Alaska, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

In Alaska, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Justifiable Gun Homicides

In Alaska, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 618
2010: 11
2009: 10
2008: 319
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 2
2002: 3
2001: 220
2000: 4
1999: 2
1998: 5
1997: 3
1996: 0
1995: 0

Rate of Justifiable Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

In Alaska, the annual rate of justifiable gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.8312
2010: 1.54
2009: 1.43
2008: 0.44
2007: 0.44
2006: 0.59
2005: 0.15
2004: 0.46
2003: 0.31
2002: 0.47
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.64
1999: 0.32
1998: 0.81
1997: 0.49
1996: 0.00
1995: 0.00

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Alaska at a rate of 33.421 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Alaska ranked at No. 421out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation – Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Alaska is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Alaska includes the Alaska Statutes 2012 and the Constitution of Alaska 195623

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Alaska are regulated by the State of Alaska24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Alaska, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Alaska, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns and automatic firearms, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986 so long as they are registered,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Alaska, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to licensing and registration, if manufactured prior to 19 May 198630 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Alaska, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Alaska, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Alaska, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Alaska is 16 years for possession and 18 years for purchase or supply37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Alaska does not stipulate38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Alaska, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun3925 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Alaska, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Alaska, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Alaska is not obliged42 43 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks on Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Alaska is not obliged (under State Law)42 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Alaska, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted43 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Alaska, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful44 25 26

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Alaska, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited 45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Alaska is reported to be 2011: 99746

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Alaska, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined47 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Alaska, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated48 25 26in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Private

Firearm regulations in Alaska do not include49 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Dealer

Firearm regulations in Alaska do not include50 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Although regulations in Alaska do not include49 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply51

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Alaska, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law52 53 54 55 5625 26

Ballistic Marking of Firearms and Ammunition

In Alaska, state authorities do not employ57 25 26 ballistic fingerprinting technology to trace guns and ammunition

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Alaska, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit58 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Alaska, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed without a permit3925 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Alaska, local licensing authorities “shall issue”, without room for discretion,39 59 2526 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Alaska, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Alaska, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt39 2526 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Alaska, private guns are prohibited in bars and restaurants, child care centers, courtrooms, domestic violence or sexual assault shelters60 61 and schools62 25 26

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Alaska, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm63 is 10 years prison64 52 65 66 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV/Brady

In their ‘A-F’ State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign ranked Alaska as ‘F’67

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

In its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Alaska on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 068
2010: 069
2009: 270
2008: 471
2007: 472

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Alaska at No. 4873 among 50 US States

 

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Citation for this Article

Alpers, Philip, Amélie Rossetti, Daniel Salinas, Marcus Wilson. 2014. Alaska — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law.Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. GunPolicy.org, 17 June. Accessed 20 July 2014. at: http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/alaska

 

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