In Alaska to be an armed guard, you must meet all of the requirements for being an unarmed security officer, plus have a firearms training certificate and 8 hours of pre-assignment training in the legal use, handling, safety, and maintenance of deadly weapons. Armed guards must re-qualify with a gun annually to maintain an armed license. If you have a conviction that prevents you from owning or handling a gun, you can only be hired as an unarmed security guard.
Type of Armed Security Guard License Required & Issuing Authority
- License Type: Security Guard License
- License Length: 2 years
- Licensing Authority:
Department of Public Safety
Division of Statewide Services
Permits and Licensing Unit
- Licensing Website: http://www.dps.state.ak.us/statewide/PermitsLicensing/securityguard.aspx
- Licensing Phone Number and Email Address: 907.269.0393 and 907.269.5609 (fax) and email@example.com
- Licensing Address:
5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
- License Laws: Alaska Administrative Code Title 13 Sections 60.050 – 60.085
If you carry a firearm while on duty as a security guard:
- You must be in a company uniform.
- You must not conceal the firearm on your person unless you hold a valid concealed handgun permit issued by the State of Alaska, another state, or a political subdivision of another state.
- You don’t need a firearm license as firearm licenses aren’t required in Alaska unless you are carrying a concealed firearm.
Armed Security Guard Training Requirements & Fees
- Initial: 8 hours – classroom cost unknown
- Yearly: As required to re-certify – classroom cost unknown
In addition to the training requirements for an unarmed guard, to be an armed security guard license in Alaska:
- You must affirm that you have not been and are not now disqualified from possessing a firearm, including as a condition of probation or parole.
- You must receive training from a certified instructor in the following topics:
- Use of firearms in compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations
- Handling firearms
- Safety and maintenance of firearms
- You must demonstrate competence with any firearm that you may carry while on duty as a security guard. If you fail to maintain competence with that firearm during an annual practice firing review, your license as an armed security guard is subject to revocation.