Just wondering if I have to have a permit to purchase a handgun once I have my residence or is it that I can go to a gun shop in Alaska and purchase a handgun like a long gun. Seems I would feel more safe in the bush with back-up.
There is no permit required to buy any gun in AK... as long as you are a resident of Alaska you can walk and purchase one. The only paperwork is the federal paperwork that you would have to do anywhere. Your not in a gun hating state any longer...
Contrary to all the latest reality shows (supposedly) about Alaska, there is not a dangerous beast behind every tree. However, a can of bear spray may be a better bet if you are scared of what may lurk in the woods.
I'm pretty sure theres a big "But", and thats that you DO NOT have to be a resident to carry a pistol concealed, only legally allowed to own one, even if your from another state 4 hours ago. Brig yers with you , the Dali Lama could.....I figure, and you dont have to be a resident to by long arms, either, so if you need a rifle, you can buy one here , when you land, I do believe,.
Oh ya, in this state the Cheif of Law enforcement MUST sign off if you legally qualify for NFA controlled silencers, machine guns and short barreled rifles, no bottle neck there, either, just cant hunt with a machine gun, but short barres and silencers are legal, for sure
NICS is short for the FBI’s <National Instant Criminal [FONT="]Background Check[/FONT] System> that does the Brady Law background checks in about 30 states. You can get a concealed carry permit that does a slightly deeper background including taking finger prints. If you get this you don’t need a new background done every time you buy a gun, you are exempt from the point of sale background.
You are moving from one of the most oppressed states to one of the least oppressed and most free states, Alaska isn’t at all a nanny state, you are pretty much on your own to thrive or fail here and most thrive . . . you will have culture shock at first but please don’t try to change Alaska to be more like New York!!