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    Default Can a non-resident purchase a long gun here?

    I know that federal law states that a person may only purchase a handgun from an FFL in their own state of residence. Federal law also states that a person may purchase a long gun from an FFL in any state or another individual that is also a resident of their own state. Are there any Alaska state laws that would prohibit a non-resident from purchasing a rifle or shotgun from an FFL?

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    Yes but you have to jump through some hoops if you go through and FFL holder.
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    I cant remember the Alaska Statutes right now but IIRC federal law will bar a non resident from purchasing a long gun in another state from a dealer if the dealer cannot comply with the requirements of the purchaser's home state.

    So if the non-resident is from California, Illinois or several other states, no deal.

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    That is true. The firearm must be legal in the person's state of residence. I believe ATF furnishes FFLs with a book of state laws so that they can figure that out. Assuming that a long gun is legal in both states, then is Alaska state law silent on the issue? I guess the better question is probably whether an FFL feel it is worth their time to transfer a long gun to a non resident, since they will have to check the other state's laws.

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    Its been about 3 years since I was in the gun business. We kept the list by the register and had no problem selling long guns to non-residents that were not on the list. I think there were about 10 states on the no buy list.

    Some of the box stores had policies where they would not bother. Non-resident = no sale, even if legal.

    Also, its not just is the particular firearm legal in the home state, its whether the transaction is. For example, a fairly standard hunting long-gun is probably perfectly legal for someone to own in Virginia. However, an Alaskan dealer can't comply with the Virginia purchase requirements. If a state has their own system that supersedes the NICS system, typically an out of state dealer cannot access it.

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    No Alaskan Laws, however depending on their state ... there may be laws in place to enforce purchase from state of residence or ajoining states.

    Check with their state of residence. I don't have my blue book here with me tonight.

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