Alaska Gun Laws / Motorcyclist

ALASKA CONCEALED CARRY / Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) Statutes / Regulations [Source]
Motorcyclist in the State of Alaska there aren't permits issued for carrying a concealed rifle or shotgun, any person 21 years or older may obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Any person lawfully carrying a concealed handgun must inform a police officer that he is carrying such a weapon if approached by an officer in any context. He or she must also allow the officer to take the handgun for the duration of the contact. In order to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun in Alaska, the applicant must (1) be at least 21 years of age, (2) be eligible to possess a firearm under state and federal law, (3) be a resident of Alaska for at least 90 days preceding the application, (4) have not been convicted of two or more Class A misdemeanors within the preceding six years, (5) not currently or within three years been ordered by a court to complete an alcohol or substance abuse program, and (6) demonstrate competence with handguns (7) background check / NICS. AK Concealed Handgun [Source]

NOTE: A person 21 or older may be charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon under AS 11.61.220 [Source] if he or she fails to immediately inform a peace officer that he or she is carrying a concealed handgun fails to allow the officer to secure the weapon or fails to secure the weapon at the direction of the peace officer, or carries the weapon concealed within another person’s residence, unless s/he has first obtained the express permission of an adult residing there, whether or not the person has a concealed handgun permit. CCP FAQ's [Source]. In Alaska the Alaska Department of Public Safety is the states concealed carry authority.

Motorcyclist a SHALL-ISSUE jurisdiction is one that requires a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The granting of such permits is subject to meeting determinate criteria as per the law. Basically a granting authority has no discretion in awarding permits and there isn't any requirement of the applicant to demonstrate "good cause" for the request. (see below)

ALASKA PERMIT HONORED IN THE FOLLOWING STATES:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.

ALASKA HONORS PERMITS FROM THE FOLLOWING STATES:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New York City, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
NOTE: As of March 19th, 2014 Alaska honors Illinois.

 

 

 

ALASKA HAS A STAND YOUR GROUND LAW  Sec 11.81.335 [Source]
Motorcyclist  the State of Alaska allows for a person to protect ones self, family or others in any place a person has the right to be by use of justifiable force and or deadly force.  Always check self defense law specifics in states that have them.  Stand your Ground Laws typically remove the duty to retreat through judicial interpretation of that states self defense laws when defending yourself against imminent threats prior to the use of deadly force.  The Castle Doctrine or Habitation Defense Laws apply only to dwelling or other real property.  Then there are the Duty to Retreat Laws that are in several states.  This simply means if you can escape harm or death use of deadly force is not allowed unless you are facing serious harm, cornered or held down.

"OPT-OUT" STATES ("Gun-Free Zones")
Motorcyclist passing through Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin must be aware these are considered “OPT OUT” States. The law is these states allow businesses to post a sign, (signage that meets state law) prohibiting concealed carry on said premises. Business owners also have a verbal right to alert one to their wishes while in their place of business.  Obviously you may be subject to varying levels of criminal prosecution depending on individual state laws if you choose to violate the said request.

NATIONAL PARK CARRY NPS Organic Act [Source]
Motorcyclist traveling through National Parks should know that on May 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 627 [Source], the "Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009," into law. The bill contained an amendment introduced by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) that prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from enacting or enforcing any regulations that restrict possession of firearms in National Parks or Wildlife Refuges, as long as the person complies with laws of the state in which the unit is found.  This provision was supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, among other organizations.  As of February 2010 concealed handguns are for the first time legal in all but 3 of the nation's 391 national parks and wildlife refuges so long as all applicable federal, state, and local regulations are adhered to.  Hawaii is a notable exception. Concealed and open carry are both illegal in Hawaii unless you are a retired military or law enforcement. Previously firearms were allowed into parks non-concealed and unloaded.

Motorcyclist can travel through any national park with possession of a firearm as long as the possession is compliant with the laws of the State in which the national park area is located. Keep in mind Federal Statute 18 USC 930 [Source] prohibits firearms or other dangerous weapons within a Federal facility. In national parks, such facilities may include visitor centers, administrative offices, and/or maintenance buildings. Any such facilities will be clearly marked with signs at all public entrances. For more information about national parks, and park-specific regulations, visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm and search by park name, location (state), activity, or topic.

 

 

 

PENALTIES FOR CARRYING ILLEGALLY AS 11.61.220 (AK LawTitle 18 §921 Chap 44 (Fed Law)  [Source]
Motorcyclist it is important for license holders to understand that when you are traveling in or through another state, the license holder is subject to the firearm laws of the state.In the United States no convicted felon may purchase, transfer, or otherwise be in the possession of any firearm.  Illegally concealing a handgun is a felony in many states therefore conviction of such a crime would automatically result in the forfeiture of a citizen's gun rights for life nationwide.  Additional state penalties for unlawful carry of a concealed firearm can be severe with punishments including expensive fines, extended jail time, loss of voting rights, and even passport cancellation.  A federal penalty of ten years in prison has been enacted for those found to be in possession of either firearms or ammunition while subject to a protection or restraining order.

RESTRICTED AREAS 
Motorcyclist possessing a concealed carry permit allows the permit holder to carry a concealed weapon in public. State law, however; {can|may| restrict carry of a firearm including a permitted concealed weapon while in or on certain properties, facilities or types of businesses that are otherwise open to the public such as schools that are protected by the Federal Gun Free School Zones Act. These areas vary by State and may be questionable at times but shouldn't be by Motorcyclist must be aware of.  These are and not limited to Federal government Facilities, State Government Facilities, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, Mass Transit and the list does go on.  Need specific information: 18 U.S. Code § 930

ALASKA MOTORCYCLE GUN TRANSPORTATION LAW
Any person who may be in legal possession of a firearm may transport loaded firearms concealed or openly.
If you make contact with an Officer of the Law you must inform him of a weapon in your possession. They have the right to secure the weapon(s) while they are in your presence. AS 11.61.220 [Source]

INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS Title 18 U.S.C. section 926A [Source]
Motorcyclist traveling from state to state should be know that not withstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment, saddlebag, front or side pouch of such transporting motorcycle / vehicle: Provided that in the case of a motorcycle / vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the compartments previously stated. 18 USC § 926C - Carrying of concealed firearms by qualified retired law enforcement officers [Source]

 

 

 

(AK) RECIPROCITY INFO
Motorcyclist, due to the time to time change in Gun Reciprocity Law from state to state and in certain states down to a municipal level always contact the State Attorney General or State Agency with the charge of Concealed Carry, Constitutional Carry or Open Carry Laws for the most up to date information.  Please note many sites post Reciprocity Information that is not current.  Protect yourself during your travels by acquiring the most current information and know the LAW!  Alaska Reciprocity

ALASKA STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300
tel: 907-465-2133
fax: 907-465-2075
Alaska AG

Many jurisdictions have established arrangements where they recognize or honor permits or licenses issued by other jurisdictions with comparable standards, for instance in regard to marriage or driver's licenses. This is known as Reciprocity and is based on U.S. Constitution "full faith and credit" provision Article 4 Sec1 [Source]. Due to the nature of gun politics reciprocity in regard to weapons carry permits or licenses has been controversial and is in a state of constant flux.

STATES THAT HAVE A SHALL ISSUE TO RESIDENTS ONLY LAW:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
STATES THAT HAVE A SHALL ISSUE TO RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENTS LAW:
Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois,Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington
STATES THAT HAVE A MAY ISSUE TO RESIDENTS ONLY LAW:
California, Delaware, Hawaii, New York City
STATES THAT HAVE A MAY ISSUE TO RESIDENTS AND NON- RESIDENTS LAW:
Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York
NOTE: Concealed Carry Right Denied in (DC) District of Columbia

ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
DPS
5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Phone: (907) 269-0392
Alaska State Troopers Posts Contact Information

BIKERZWORLD.COM offers State of Alaska Gun Laws to inform Motorcyclists traveling in state, cross state and internationally through Alaska Gun Laws that have the best chance of being enforced by State and Local Authorities such as Alaska Concealed Carry Law and Alaska Motorcycle Gun Transportation Law. The above information shouldn't be construed as a complete list of all the State of Alaska Gun Laws as they are reviewed annually and are subject to addition or modification.  If you have been charged with the illegal possession of a gun, or have been accused of a firearms-related crime in this state seek advice from an Alaska Criminal Defense Attorney specializing in Alaska Gun Laws and Alaska Motorcyclist Rights.