Alaska's liberal gun rules

Lisa Demer

Back in 2003, Alaska's Legislature did away with the requirement that Alaskans get a permit and safety training before carrying a concealed handgun. The state still offers permits and the classes for adults 21 and older who can legally possess a gun and want a permit, typically for travel. Thirty-five other states recognize Alaska's permits, according to Alaska State Troopers.

State law prohibits concealed weapons in:

• Someone else's home without their permission;

• Bars (loaded weapons only), except for the owner and authorized employees;

• Schools, unless the school administrator gives permission or it's unloaded in a locked vehicle trunk;

• Child care centers;

• Courthouses;

• Domestic violence or sexual assault shelters.

Hospitals, universities, gymnasiums and private businesses also can ban guns on their premises. Whether they do so varies. First National Bank of Alaska doesn't allow guns, a spokeswoman said. Fred Meyer stores do.

And the general rules that apply to gun ownership apply to concealed weapons, said troopers Lt. Rex Leath, deputy commander of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation. Felons generally can't own guns. Intoxicated people can't possess a gun.

As of Wednesday, 6,999 Alaskans had valid concealed weapons permits, according to Alaska State Troopers.



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