Firearms

As of February 22, 2010, a federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal and Alaska state law, to legally possess firearms within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Under federal law, the use or discharge of a firearm is still prohibited by applicable provisions of 36 CFR Section 2.4(a)(2)(ii) and 36 CFR Section 13.30.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable Alaska state and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit:

State of Alaska firearms laws

State of Alaska Statutes

Applicable federal firearms laws

Download a list of federal prohibitors (pdf format, 100 KB) that specify who may not possess a firearm in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Download and read the firearms law (pdf format, 9.6 KB).

Contact us with questions about firearms by calling (907) 822-5234 or e-mail us.

 
No Firearms Sign

This sign is displayed at the entrance of federal buildings where firearms are prohibited.

Federal law prohibits firearms in certain federal facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. If you are carrying a weapon, please leave it in your vehicle or make other arrangements. Do not bring it inside federal buildings.

The possession of firearms in the following federal facilities is prohibited:

  • All National Park Service offices and administrative buildings
  • Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center, Exhibit Hall, and Theater in Copper Center
  • Slana Ranger Station
  • Chitina Ranger Station
  • Kennecott Visitor Center
  • McCarthy Road Information Station
  • Gulkana Operations Center
  • Yakutat Operations Center
  • Glennallen Maintenance Yard

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