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Alaska 80 Percent Lower Laws

80 Percent Arms   |   Nov 30th 2021

Disclaimer: To get started, we want to share a small disclaimer. We are dedicated and proud supporters of everything 2nd amendment, but we are not lawyers. So, before you take what you read here and run with it, you will want to double-check all of your local or state gun laws. Make sure you are up to date on any special regulations that may apply to you and your situation. Gun laws are always changing and always do your part to stay up to date with the newest and current laws.

This information is provided as a service to the public. It is NOT intended to be taken as legal advice and should never be considered as such. Make sure to do your own research as you and you alone are responsible for your own actions.

This is a developing list of information we intend to update regularly to stay accurate and current. If you see a discrepancy or a mistake with your home state’s laws that we’ve covered, feel free to let us know so we can correct it. Thank you and stay safe!

What is an 80% Lower?

An 80% lower receiver is an unfinished and unserialized blank which requires some machining work from the end user to turn it into a 100% lower receiver, otherwise, what is legally considered as a firearm. 80 lowers are missing the trigger pocket and three holes that need to be milled and drilled out to be completed. Unless states have passed their own laws barring the possession or sales of 80% products; pending the ATF's updated decision from the most recent proposed rule 2021R-05 80% lowers are completely legal, not considered firearms and thus can be shipped straight to your front door. No FFL required. To explore the 80% lowers we have to offer, check out our multiple collections.

Are 80 Lowers Legal In Alaska?

As of this guide’s initial publish date, 80% lower receivers and frames are not considered as firearms by the ATF and are legal to ship directly to buyers residing in the state of Alaska.

Do I Need to Serialize My 80 Lower in Alaska?

If you build out your own firearms starting with 80 lowers in Alaska you do not need to serialize the lower receiver or frame as there are currently no laws requiring citizens to do so. Should you wish to serialize your lower receiver we offer  custom engraving for our lowers.

Key Gun Laws in Alaska

Other than laws regarding 80 lowers and frames, these are the key gun laws you should be aware of if you reside or are traveling through Alaska.

Firearm Possession and Purchase Requirements

In the state of Alaska, anyone the age of 18 years or older is eligible to purchase a long gun. In order to purchase a handgun a person must be at least 21 years of age. There are no permits or any extra identification documents required to purchase handguns in Alaska other than a driver’s license. If one does have a CCW permit, stores will allow buyers to buy firearms without a background check (Dealer Record of Sale also known as 4473 form or “DROS”). While federal law requires federal firearm license holders (“FFL’s”:) to initiate background checks on buyers prior to the sale of a firearm, federal law also allows states to serve as their own “point of contact” and conduct their own background checks via state, federal records or databases, as well as the option to use the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) database. Alaska is not a point of contact for the NICS and does not have any laws requiring firearms dealers to initiate the background check prior to transferring a firearm. However, Alaska still abides by the federal law and stores will still require buyers to do the DROS which uses the NICS and only takes about 15 minutes to complete unless there is a flag in the system.

Open and Concealed Carrying

Alaska is a Constitutional Carry state which means that residents no longer are required to have permits to conceal or open carry firearms. There are age requirements though; a person must be 21 years of age or over to conceal carry and to open carry a person must be at least 16 years old. Conceal carry weapons permits, or “CCW’s” are still offered by the state of Alaska and greatly encouraged for people to obtain. Alaska does not offer non-resident CCW’s and is a “shall issue'' state. To see which states’ concealed carry permits it honors check this reciprocity map here.

NFA Restrictions

There are no NFA weapons or items restrictions in Alaska and there are no assault weapon bans.

Magazine Capacity Restrictions

There are no magazine capacity restrictions in Alaska. Enjoy those drums and belt-fed box magazines! We carry plenty of standard capacity magazines like  Lancer's 30-round Warfighter mag. Our favorite color is the translucent smoke one.

Mandatory Storage Requirements

There are no mandatory storage requirements for firearms in Alaska, however, you should still exercise caution and can be tried for negligently leaving your guns accessible to children. If you need some good ideas or best practices for storing your guns and gear here are some great storage options.


Alaska does have a Castle Doctrine law in place and the state does allow you to “Stand Your Ground.”

Ammunition Purchase Require

No state permit or background check is required to purchase any ammunition in Alaska nor are any records of ammo purchases kept. Alaska does not prohibit armor-piercing rounds or other “unreasonably dangerous ammunition.” It is a felony to sell or give ammunition to a minor without parental consent. Anyone the age of 18 or older can legally purchase ammo in Alaska.

Start Your Next 80 Lower Build with 80% Arms!

Alaska residents are completely free to build their own firearms from 80 lowers and frames without any required serialization or FFL transactions. It's the perfect state to take advantage of your constitutional Second Amendment right and freedom to keep and bear arms. That includes 80% Arms! Grab our  patented lower jig and some buddies to enjoy that freedom together and let us know if you need any advice with your build at any point in the process. Friends, live free.