Aquire gun/shooting license
I'm curious about the gun/shooting laws of Alaska. Im from the Netherlands, and do not own a license here(to many laws and expenses), but what about Alaska? Can i just 'buy' some kind of license to legaly purchase guns and ammo, or do you need to take some kind of test? If im gonna go hiking i really like some firepower with me, just in case.
So some advise to do so would be very appreciated!
Be very certain before you try to purchase here: in general, non-immigrant aliens are forbidden to possess any firearms or ammunition. But there is a big exception for a legal alien who:
...is in possession of a hunting license or permit lawfully issued in the United States
(See Title 18, USC Chapter 44, Section 922, part (y)(2) for details.) http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-...Cite:+18USC922
Also, non-citizen cannot purchase a firearm from a federally licensed firerams dealer unless they have been a resident of their state for 90 days. So, no, tourists on short visits cannot walk into guns stores to get "protection" during their trip.
This response is right on... 'big exception' is possessing a valid Alaska State Hunting License (for identification purposes). While you will not be able to 'purchase' a firearm --- it is lawful for a non-emigrant alien to use a long gun for wilderness protection. This means you can rent or borrow rifles/shotguns w/ ammunition, but not a handgun.
Originally Posted by Zebdog
OK, I read what seem to be the relevant sections and don't see where it limits a non-immigrant alien to long guns. Where does it say handguns are a no-no?
(y)(2) Exceptions.--Subsections (d)(5)(B), (g)(5)(B), and
(s)(3)(B)(v)(II) do not apply to any alien who has been lawfully
admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, if that
(A) admitted to the United States for lawful hunting or
sporting purposes or is in possession of a hunting license or
permit lawfully issued in the United States;