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    I'm heading up to the Anchorage area in 2 weeks to do some fishing, but with all the bear reports I'm hearing about I'm thinking about taking my handgun for an emergency. I'm a range shooter so, I'm not so hot on packing my gun, but would like to know about the regulations. Is there a concelled weapons law? Can I wear my gun in a holster in my waders while fishing/hunting or do I have to keep it visible at all times?

    Would appreciate any info. Thanks!

  • #2
    I guess the main rule is Are you a felon? otherwise you can carry a weapon while hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. We are pretty lax up here, just use your head and dont be a john Rambo. If your coat covers up the gun, its no big deal, everybody knows your packing anyway. If the troopers come up to you for whatever reason, just let them know your carrying. they will appreciate it and all will be fine.

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    • #3
      Alaska does not require a permit to carry a concealed weapon. On June 11, 2003, the Governor of Alaska signed legislation amending section 11.61.220 to allow anyone 21 years of age or older (who may legally possess a firearm) to carry a concealed firearm without having to obtain a permit. Under section 11.61.220(a)(1), (g), it is a class B misdemeanor if:

      The person is carrying a concealed firearm and, when contacted by a peace officer, he or she fails to immediately inform the peace officer about the concealed firearm, or allow the peace officer to secure the weapon, or secure the weapon at the direction of the peace officer; or

      The person is carrying a concealed firearm within the residence of another person without first obtaining the express permission of an adult residing there to bring a concealed firearm within the residence.
      “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” ― H.S.T.
      "Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you."

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      • #4
        May want to bring along some pepper spray for the bears. If you aren't confident in hitting a charging bear you might want the spray. I'm more of gun guy then a pepper spray guy, but I'll admit it works well.

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