Alaska has some of the weakest gun laws in the country and the sixth highest gun death rate, which can only be reversed by enacting the gun safety policies proven to save lives.
Alaska enacted a dangerous “stand your ground” law in 2014, removing the duty to retreat from a violent altercation in most public spaces. In 2021, Alaska had the sixth highest gun death rate among the states. Alaska also supplied crime guns to other states at the fifteenth highest rate among the states. Despite its remote location from the lower 48 states, Alaska exported crime guns at nearly 2 times the national rate.
What Alaska Does Well
- Mental health record reporting
What Alaska Is Missing
- Universal background checks
- Gun owner licensing
- Extreme risk protection orders
- Most domestic violence gun laws
- Assault weapon restrictions
- Large capacity magazine ban
- Waiting periods
- Concealed carry permit
- Open carry regulations
- Child access prevention laws
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