Alaska knife laws

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Alaska Overview

Alaska is a state in the US which is located at Northwest.

It is very less populated state, which stands at 3rd out of 50 states in the US.

Alaska was purchased by the United States from Russia Empire for 7.2 Million dollars.

Alaska became part of the US on March 30th, 1867.

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What is legal under Alaska knife laws

Alaska knife laws do not restrict any type of knives under the 2013 knife act.

Gravity knives and switchblades were considered illegal but now it is legal after 2013 to carry and own if your above 21 years

what is illegal in Alaska knife laws

According to the 2013 knife right act, it is legal to carry all type of knives, still, most of the websites state that gravity knives and switchblades are illegal to carry and own it.

Knife length limitations according to Alaska knife laws

The maximum length of the knife is not defined in the Alaska knife laws, whereas the department considers 3″ to 4″ as max under the common knife law.

When are the laws enforced in Alaska

When you have committed a crime with deadly weapons you will be charged under carrying charges or the illegal possessions.

Alaska states defines the deadly weapons as ” “any deadly weapon or anything that, under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used, is capable of causing death or serious physical injury.

Alaska has two neighbouring countries sharing the boarders, Canada on land and Russia over water

Federal Law Enforcement Agency in Alaska

  1. Federal Law Enforcement Operations by Sea and Air
  2. Federal Law Enforcement Operations by Land

Federal Law Enforcement Operations by Land

  • FBI Anchorage Field Office at 101 East 6th Avenue
  • DEA Anchorage District Office at 1630 East Tudor Road
  • ATF Anchorage Field Office at 222 West 7th Avenue
  • US Secret Service Office in Anchorage
  • Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in Fort Richardson
  • 12 different CBP Ports of Entry

Federal Law Enforcement Operations by Sea

US Coast Guard bases in:

  • Saint Paul
  • Anchorage
  • Dutch Harbor
  • Kodiak
  • Valdez
  • Sitka
  • Ketchikan
  • Juneau

Alaska knife laws overview

Alaska knife laws define, it is the individual right to keep knives under the AK Const. Art. 1, § 19 

AK Const. Art. 1, § 19: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The individual right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the State or a political subdivision of the State. ”

1. Sale/Transfer:

It is considered illegal to sell or transfer a switchable or gravity knife to a person under the age of 18.

Law : Alaska state: § 11.61.210 (2013)


There is no restrictions on knives under Alaska laws.

These free to own and carry changes was done under 2013 law

Alaska Stat. § 11.81.900 (2013)
Alaska Stat. § 11.61.210 (2013)


  • It is considered illegal for people under 21 to carry a concealed knife.
  • K-12 school children’s are forbidden to carry a knife in schools.
  • It is also considered illegal to K-12 children to possess the knives in the parking lot or to carry around.
  • It is illegal to speak to a person who as a restraining order on you with a non-pocket knife.
  • It is considered illegal, to not tell officers that you possess the non-pocket knives when stopped by them.

Law: Alaska Stat. § 11.61.220

4. Statewide Preemption :

They would have a permit to carry firearms and knives under the section §29.35-145

5.Critical Dimensions:

There is no any Alaska knife laws which states the dimension or the maximum length of the knives.


It is considered to be illegal to possess the knives in school premises without the permission of Chef Administrative Officer.

Law: § 11.61.210

Alaska knife laws
Alaska knife laws

A conclusion on Alaska knife laws

Alaska has a very nice knife laws compared to any other states in US.

The 2013 Alaska knife laws have given an absolute grip on the human right to carry a knife around.

There would be a local law governing the dimension and the purpose of carrying the knives, You can contact the local authorities to get more information on that.

If you have any question, please do comment below. we will try answering as soon as possible.

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