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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 2020, Alaska had the sixth highest gun death rate among the states and the twelfth highest gun export rate in the country. Despite its distance from the rest of the country, Alaska supplied crime guns to other states at the tenth-highest rate in the country. Lawmakers in Alaska could save lives by passing a law requiring background checks for all firearm sales and passing an extreme risk protection order law.

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



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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