I have a question about handguns, and I'm not certain where else to put it, since it doesn't relate to hunting. I'm planning a trip next fall, and I'm curious about the necessity/legalities of having a handgun as part of my kit. I have a shortbed Nissan pickup truck with a camping shell, but have to use a special tent to allow me to sleep in the back. Is it a terrible idea to have a weapon (reasonably) handy should something come calling in the middle of the night? How about legal? I'm not familiar with Alaska laws concerning such things. Could someone fill me in?
Again, I'm not concerned with going hunting on this trip. A little fishing for sure...but then again, isn't it a good idea to have a large caliber handgun handy while fishing in the back country?
Thanks for the help.