Even though Alaska is considered a permitless state, Alaska does still issues permits. Alaska does not issue permits to non-residents.
Our online training course will allow you to apply for your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is honored in Alaska for both residents and non-residents.
The benefit of doing a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License is you will gain reciprocity in many more states as well!
Yes. You will NOT be applying for your permit in the state you reside. This is for you to obtain a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is accepted in the state you reside as a valid concealed carry permit.
Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License are valid for 5 years. We suggest you apply at least 90 days before the expiration of your permit to be sure you have plenty of time to submit it to the Virginia State Police to be renewed to allow enough time for you to get your new permit before the old one expires.
To apply for your VA non-resident Permit visit: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_NonresidentConcealed.shtm
You can also go to www.vsp.state.va.us and on the left side of the page click the link for "firearms/concealed handguns" and then click on "Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits" link.This will bring you to a page that details the application process. You can begin the application process immediately by downloading their checklist of all the documents that need to be prepared to make your application.This webpage will give you everything you need to apply.
To obtain your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you will need to submit an additional $100 made payable to the Virginia Police.
This class/training is only valid for one year before you apply for your permit. If you do not apply within one year, your training will not be valid and you will have to retake training per state law.
*Laws and outlines are updated to the best of our ability.
Alaska Conceal Carry Laws Updated As Of 2016*
The State of Alaska honors concealed carry permits from all other states.
In the State of Alaska, any legal owner of a firearm is permitted to carry concealed even if they do not have a permit. Additionally, there are constant changes and updates in reciprocity rules by state so be sure to check each state where you travel to determine if your permit will be honored.
If you are detained by a police officer for official police business you should allow the officer the opportunity to secure the firearm if they choose.
Alaska reciprocity statute:
Sec. 18.65.748. Permit holders from other jurisdictions considered Alaska permit holders. A person holding a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun from another state or a political subdivision of another state is a permittee under AS 18.65.700(b) for purposes of AS 18.65.755 - 18.65.765.
Permitless carrying statute for Alaska:
Sec. 11.61.220. Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Fifth Degree.
(a) A person commits the crime of misconduct involving weapons in the fifth degree if the person:
(1) is 21 years of age or older and knowingly possesses a deadly weapon, other than an ordinary pocket knife or a defensive weapon, (A) that is concealed on the person, and, when contacted by a peace officer, the person fails to (i) immediately inform the peace officer of that possession; or (ii) allow the peace officer to secure the deadly weapon, or fails to secure the weapon at the direction of the peace officer, during the duration of the contact; (B) that is concealed on the person within the residence of another person unless the person has first obtained the express permission of an adult residing there to bring a concealed deadly weapon within the residence;
(2) knowingly possesses a loaded firearm on the person in any place where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises;
(3) being an unemancipated minor under 16 years of age, possesses a firearm without the consent of a parent or guardian of the minor;
(4) knowingly possesses a firearm (A) within the grounds of or on a parking lot immediately adjacent to an entity, other than a private residence, licensed as a child care facility under AS 47.32 or recognized by the federal government for the care of children, except that a person 21 years of age or older may possess an unloaded firearm in the trunk of a motor vehicle or encased in a closed container of a motor vehicle; (B) within a (i) courtroom or office of the Alaska Court System; or (ii) courthouse that is occupied only by the Alaska Court System and other justice- related agencies; or (C) within a domestic violence or sexual assault shelter that receives funding from the state;
(5) [Repealed, Sec. 7 ch 54 SLA 2013]. (6) is less than 21 years of age and knowingly possesses a deadly weapon, other than an ordinary pocket knife or a defensive weapon, that is concealed on the person. (b) In a prosecution under (a) of this section, it is an affirmative defense that the defendant, at the time of possession, was (1) in the defendant's dwelling or on land owned or leased by the defendant appurtenant to the dwelling; or (2) actually engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, trapping, or other lawful outdoor activity that necessarily involves the carrying of a weapon for personal protection.
(6) The provisions of (a)(2) and (4) of this section do not apply to a peace officer acting within the scope and authority of the officer's employment. (d) In a prosecution under (a)(2) of this section, it is (1) an affirmative defense that (A) [Repealed, Sec. 7 ch 62 SLA 2003]. (B) the loaded firearm was a concealed handgun as defined in AS 18.65.790; and (C) the possession occurred at a place designated as a restaurant for the purposes of AS04.16.049 and the defendant did not consume intoxicating liquor at the place;
CCW permits are issued by the State Police within the State of Alaska and are issued for a term of 5 years. Application instructions are available at this link.
The application fee is non-refundable and can be paid using a money order, check (personal or cashier’s) to the ‘State of Alaska’.
Additional information: When you obtain a concealed weapons permit you have the option to also make the permit NICS exempt. For instructions follow this link.
Below are the State of Alaska Statutes regarding concealed carry permits:
AS 18.65.700. Permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun.
(a) The department shall issue a permit to carry a concealed handgun to a person who
(1) applies in person at an office of the Alaska State Troopers;
(2) qualifies under AS 18.65.705;
(3) submits a completed application on a form provided by the department, that provides the information required under AS 18.65.705 and 18.65.710; with each application form provided by the department, the department shall provide a copy of the state laws and regulations relating to concealed handguns, which must include a concise summary of where, when, and by whom a handgun can be carried under state and federal law;
(4) submits two complete sets of fingerprints on Federal Bureau of Investigation approved fingerprint cards that are of sufficient quality so that the fingerprints may be processed; the fingerprints must be taken by a person, group, or agency approved by the department; the department shall maintain a list of persons, groups, or agencies approved to take fingerprints and shall provide the list to the public upon request; the fingerprints shall be used to obtain a report of criminal justice information under AS 12.62 and a national criminal history record check under AS 12.62.400 ;
(5) submits evidence of successful completion of a handgun course as provided in AS 18.65.715;
(6) provides one frontal view color photograph of the person taken within the preceding 30 days that includes the head and shoulders of the person and is of a size specified by the department;
(7) shows a valid Alaska driver's license or identification card at the time of application;
(8) does not suffer a physical infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun; and
(9) pays the application fee required by AS 18.65.720. (b) The department shall either approve or reject an application for a permit to carry a concealed handgun under (a) of this section within 30 days of receipt of the application. If the department has not received necessary fingerprint eligibility information from another agency by the end of this 30-day period, and the applicant is otherwise eligible, the department shall issue a conditional permit to the applicant subject to immediate revocation under the procedure provided in AS 18.65.740(a) - (c) if the fingerprint information subsequently discloses that the applicant is ineligible for a permit. The department shall notify the applicant in writing of the reason for a rejection. (c) A person whose application is rejected under this section may appeal the rejection decision to the commissioner. A person may seek judicial review of the decision of the commissioner under AS 44.62.560 - 44.62.570. (d) A permit issued under (a) of this section is valid for five years from the date of issue. (e) The department shall issue a permit to carry a concealed handgun to an honorably retired peace officer of this state who applies for a concealed handgun permit within one year of the officer's retirement and who satisfies the requirements of this subsection. To qualify for a permit under this subsection, an honorably retired peace officer must satisfy (a)(1) - (3) and (6) - (9) of this section and, unless the honorably retired peace officer has qualified with a handgun within five years of the officer's retirement, must also satisfy (a)(5) of this section. The department may not require an honorably retired peace officer applying under this subsection to comply with (a)(4) of this section to receive a permit. The department shall issue the permit without submitting information to or receiving permit eligibility information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The department may adopt regulations to define an "honorably retired peace officer" and the evidence that must be submitted to establish eligibility under this subsection.
There are no non-resident permit options within the State of Alaska.
Alaska State Statutes for limitations on concealed carry:
AS 11.61.220. A public or private school for grades K-12, including the school grounds, parking lot or on a bus while used for a school sponsored activities, unless the person carrying the firearm has the permission of the chief administrative officer of the school or the school district. Note: a person 21 years of age or older who is not a student may possess an unloaded firearm in the trunk of a motor vehicle or encased in a closed container of a motor vehicle.
AS 11.61.210. Any place where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises, except a restaurant where the person carrying the firearm did not consume intoxicating liquor.
AS 11.61.220. Any licensed child care facility or licensed assisted living home for the elderly or for the mentally or physically disabled, if the facility is other than a (18.65.755 private residence. Within a courtroom or office of the Alaska Court System, or within a courthouse that is occupied only by the Alaska Court System and other Justice-related agencies. Within a domestic violence or sexual assault shelter that receives funding from the state. Within another person's residence, unless the person carrying the firearm has first obtained the express permission of an adult residing there to bring the firearm into the residence. Now ( 11.65.755)
Additional information – Many municipal buildings have been given the option to ban firearms in certain areas within the building. These specially designated prohibited areas are not clearly defined by the statutes so be careful when carrying to avoid any issues.
The State of Alaska gives “No Guns” signs the force of law. As a show of solidarity for fellow gun owners consider informing the business owner that you will not do business with their establishment as a result of the signage.
Alaska Statute regarding gun signs:
13 AAC 30.110. Notification of Places Where Concealed Handguns May not be Carried (b) Nothing in this chapter or in AS 18.65.700 - 18.65.790 precludes a person from posting, to the extent allowed by law, a notice regarding the carrying of a concealed handgun.
Alaska State statute regarding storage of a firearm within a vehicle:
AS 18.65.800. Possession of Firearms in Motor Vehicles.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the state, a municipality, or a person may not adopt or enforce a law, ordinance, policy, or rule that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting an individual from possessing a firearm while that individual is within a motor vehicle or prohibiting an individual from storing a firearm that is locked in the individual's motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is otherwise legally parked in or on state or municipal property or another person's property. This section applies only to possession of a firearm by an individual who may legally possess a firearm under state and federal law.
(b) This section does not limit a person's rights or remedies under any other law.
(c) The state, a municipality, or a person is not liable for any injury or damage resulting from the storage of a firearm in the vehicle of another individual in accordance with this section.
(d) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, an employer or its agent may prohibit the possession of firearms within a secured restricted access area, as defined in AS 29.35.145 (e)(2), in a vehicle owned, leased, or rented by the employer or its agent or in a parking lot owned or controlled by the employer within 300 feet of the secured restricted access area that does not include common areas of ingress and egress open to the general public. The employer or its agent shall post conspicuous notice of the prohibition against possession of firearms at each entrance to the restricted access area and affected parking area.
Alaska State Law requires that if you are carrying a concealed weapon you must notify the officer in the event you are stopped per state statute 11.61.220, failure to do so is considered a misconduct. The officer has the option to secure the handgun once notified.
Legal carrying is allowed within the following locations:
• Alaska State parks per statute 11.61.220
• National and State Forests per statute 11.61.220
• All game management units within the state
• Rest Areas per statute 11.61.220
It is permissible for any legal gun carrier to carry within a vehicle. The firearm can be in the open or concealed at the option of the owner. The only requirement is to notify any police officer that you come in contact with of the presence of the gun and allow them to secure it if they feel necessary.
It is permissible to open carry within the State of Alaska with the only requirement being notification when there is contact with a police officer that you are carrying.
State law preempts all local laws and local ordinances are not allowed that would limit a person’s right to carry.
Property and business owners can post signage prohibiting guns on their property and if asked to leave you must leave the property.
There are some places or states where open carry is not valid without a permit so when you travel be sure to check the requirements for that state.
Per Alaska State Statute 18.65.778 a municipality cannot restrict carrying concealed handguns.
Below are the Alaska State laws regarding when use of deadly force is permitted. Reference the specific section of the criminal code for the full verbage.
Criminal Law Chapter 81. General Provisions
Section 300. Justification: Defense.
Section 320. Justification: Necessity.
Section 330. Justification: Use of Non-Deadly Force in Defense of Self.
Section 335. Justification: Use of Deadly Force in Defense of Self.
Section 340. Justification: Use of Force in Defense of a Third Person.
Section 350. Justification: Use of Force in Defense of Property and Premises.
Section 370. Justification: Use of Force by a Peace Officer in Making an Arrest or Terminating an Escape.
Section 380. Justification: Use of Force by Private Person Assisting an Arrest or Terminating an Escape.
Section 390. Use of Force by a Private Person in Making Arrest or Terminating an Escape.
Section 400. Justification: Use of Force in Resisting or Interfering with Arrest.
Section 410. Justification: Use of Force by Guards.
Section 420. Justification: Performance of Public Duty.
Section 430. Justification: Use of Force, Special Relationships.
Section 440. Duress.
Section 450. Entrapment.
Alaska State Statute 11.61.220 states that it is permissible to carry a handgun in establishments that serve alcohol and does not specify whether this is for the restaurant or bar area specifically.
When traveling be sure to check the laws for the state where you are visiting as each state has different requirements.
Alaska State Statute 11.81.900 outlines requirements for other defensive weapons:
Sec. 11.81.900. Definitions.
“Defensive weapon" means an electric stun gun, or a device to dispense mace or a similar chemical agent, that is not designed to cause death or serious physical injury; Sec. 11.61.210. Misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree.
(a) A person commits the crime of misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree if the person 11.61.210 (7) other than a preschool, elementary, junior high, or secondary school student, knowingly possesses a deadly weapon or a defensive weapon, without the permission of the chief administrative officer of the school or district or the designee of the chief administrative officer, within the buildings of, on the grounds of, or on the school parking lot of a public or private preschool, elementary, junior high, or secondary school, on a school bus while being transported to or from school or a school-sponsored event, or while participating in a school-sponsored event, except that a person 21 years of age or older may possess (A) a deadly weapon, other than a loaded firearm, in the trunk of a motor vehicle or encased in a closed container in a motor vehicle; (B) a defensive weapon;
No specific restrictions are currently available regarding high capacity magazines, sprays or stun guns.
The following are other guidelines regarding carrying with the State of Alaska:
• It is permissible per admin rule 17.42.065 to carry in an airport parking lot. This rule spells out specific instructions for airport terminals
• Training is valid for 12 months
• Alaska requires residents to be in state 90 days for a residency classification
• Permit holders must be at least 21 years old
• License information is consider public information
• Statutes for Reciprocity AS.18.65.748
• Firearms laws are 18.65.700 through .870 and 11.61.190 through .220
• No laws found for body armor restrictions
• Firearms can be carried for self-defense while hunting
Federal laws can apply within the state if they receive money under certain federal programs.
Visit the US Code for specific laws that apply during emergencies.
Loaded firearm definition:
AS 11.61.220. Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Fifth Degree.
(e) For purposes of this section, a deadly weapon on a person is concealed if it is covered or enclosed in any manner so that an observer cannot determine that it is a weapon without removing it from that which covers or encloses it or without opening, lifting, or removing that which covers or encloses it; a deadly weapon on a person is not concealed if it is an unloaded firearm encased in a closed container designed for transporting firearms.
(f) For purposes of (a)(2) and (e) of this section, a firearm is loaded if the (1) firing chamber, magazine, clip, or cylinder of the firearm contains a cartridge; and (2) chamber, magazine, clip, or cylinder is installed in or on the firearm.
State Emergency Powers:
AS 26.23.020. The Governor and Disaster Emergencies. (Edited for Space Considerations)
(a) The governor is responsible for meeting the dangers presented by disasters to the state and its people.
(b) The governor may issue orders, proclamations, and regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter, and amend or rescind them. These orders, proclamations, and regulations have the force of law.
(c) If the governor finds that a disaster has occurred or that a disaster is imminent or threatened, the governor shall, by proclamation, declare a condition of disaster emergency. The disaster emergency remains in effect until the governor finds that the danger has passed or the disaster has been dealt with so that the emergency no longer exists. The governor may terminate the disaster emergency by proclamation. A proclamation of disaster emergency may not remain in effect longer than 30 days unless extended by the legislature by a concurrent resolution. The proclamation must indicate the nature of the disaster, the area threatened or affected, and the conditions that have brought it about or that make possible the termination of the disaster emergency. A proclamation to declare a condition of disaster emergency must also state whether the governor proposes to expend state funds to respond to the disaster under (i) or (j) of this section. (8) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, explosives, and combustibles;
Governor Emergency Powers:
AS 26.20.040. Emergency Powers of the Governor.
(a) In the event of actual enemy or terrorist attack in or against the state, or a credible threat of imminent enemy or terrorist attack, the governor may declare that a state of emergency exists, and, during the period of time that the state of emergency exists or continues, the governor has and may exercise the additional emergency power:
(1) to enforce all laws and regulations relating to homeland security and civil defense and assume direct operational control of all homeland security and civil defense forces and helpers in the state;
(2) to seize, take, or condemn property if, and only to the extent that, the governor determines that the property is needed for the protection of the public, including (A) transportation and communication equipment, except newspapers and news services; (B) fuel; (C) food, clothing, equipment, materials, medicines, and supplies; and (D) facilities including buildings and plants;
(3) to sell, lend, give, or distribute the fuel, food, clothing, medicines, and supplies among the inhabitants of the state and account to the commissioner of revenue for funds received for the property; (4) to make compensation for the property seized, taken, or condemned on the basis described in AS 26.20.045;
(5) to suspend the provisions of a regulatory statute prescribing procedures for the conduct of state business or the order or regulation of a state agency if compliance with the provisions of the statute, order, or regulation would prevent, or substantially impede or delay, action necessary to cope with the emergency;
(6) to use all available resources of the state government and of each political subdivision of the state as reasonably necessary to cope with the emergency;
(7) to transfer personnel or alter the functions of state departments and agencies or units of them for the purpose of responding to or facilitating the response to the emergency;
(8) to perform and exercise other functions, powers, and duties that are considered necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian population. (b) A state of emergency declared under (a) of this section may not remain in effect longer than 30 days unless extended by the legislature by law and may be terminated by law or withdrawal of the declaration. (c) In this section, "credible threat of imminent enemy or terrorist attack" means a threat of attack against persons or property in the state that the adjutant general of the department or a designee of the adjutant general, in consultation with the commissioner of public safety or a designee of the commissioner of public safety, certifies to the governor has a high probability of occurring in the near future; the certification must be based on specific information received from a local, state, federal, or international agency, or another source that the adjutant general or the designee of the adjutant general, in conjunction with the commissioner of public safety or a designee of the commissioner of public safety, determines is reliable.
Traffic Control Statutes:
AS 26.20.100. Traffic Control.
In coordination with the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the department may:
(1) formulate and execute plans and regulations for the control of traffic for the rapid and safe movement of evacuation over public highways and streets of people, troops, or vehicles and materials for homeland security and civil defense; and
(2) establish and operate checkpoints along private or public roadways serving critical property or facilities in the state, at the direction of the governor when the governor determines that a sufficiently high threat of enemy or terrorist attack exists to warrant the action; the checkpoints established under this paragraph may be in conjunction with closure of the roadway under AS 19.10.100 ; operation of a checkpoint shall include the posting of checkpoint signs in a manner that provides advance notice of the checkpoint so that persons are afforded a reasonable opportunity to turn around without passing through the checkpoint; operation of a checkpoint shall be limited to enforcement of the roadway closure or reasonable inspection of persons and vehicles passing through the checkpoint for weapons, explosives, chemicals, biological or biochemical agents, or other instruments capable of causing widespread severe injury to persons or property; however, at a checkpoint authorized under this paragraph, a person is entitled to retain possession of an amount of deadly weapons or defensive weapons that is reasonably justifiable for the person's lawful use, so long as those weapons are not prohibited weapons; in this paragraph, "deadly weapon" and "defensive weapon" have the meanings given in AS 11.81.900 (b), and "prohibited weapon" has the meaning given in AS 11.61.200
Per Alaska Statute 11.61.220 you must be a minimum of 16 years old to possess or transport a handgun without a specific license or permit.
Check the requirements in each state where you may travel to ensure you do not unintentionally break any laws for that state.
Federal juvenile firearms laws are found here.
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