Alaska Knife Laws


Alaska has laws that are very knife-friendly.  That could be due to the state’s wild nature, but the biggest problem the state has is with gravity knives.  As it is, Alaska doesn’t restrict the possession or carrying of knives by anyone over 21, except for the carrying of knives considered weapons (basically anything more than a pocket knife, according to Alaska) if entering the residence of another or if contacted by the police.  You also cannot bring knives to school property.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Alaska?

Before diving in, you should know that Alaska defines “any firearm, or anything designed for and capable of causing death or serious physical injury, including a knife, an ax, a club, metal knuckles, or an explosive” as a deadly weapon.  These things would also fall under their definition of a dangerous instrument, too.

That being said, there are no restrictions on the kinds of knives you can own, so long as you’re over the age of eighteen.

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Alaska?

There are no blatantly illegal knives in Alaska, per se.  That being said, there are limitations surrounding the buying and selling of knives and the carrying of knives.

  • People under the age of 21 cannot conceal carry a deadly weapon.  Pocket knives don’t apply.
  • Don’t carry a concealed weapon if entering another’s residence or if contacted by the police.  If an officer approaches you, inform them of your knife immediately to avoid potential problems.
  • Don’t manufacture, transfer, possess, or sell metal knuckles.
  • Don’t sell gravity knives to persons under 21.
  • Don’t carry your knife onto school grounds or commit crimes with it.

Relevant Statutes

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