HB 69 Protects Alaskan's Right to Keep and Bear Arms

If passed, HB 69 would make it a misdemeanor if a federal official tried to take a person's firearm and ammunition.

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by Megan Mazurek

JUNEAU - President Obama announces sweeping proposals for gun restrictions in an effort to curb gun violence. Wednesday (1/16) he bypassed Congress and signed 23 executive orders including a new ban on assault weapons and expanding background checks.

House speaker and republican from Nikiski, Rep. Mike Chenault, says Alaskans need to be a part of the process. He proposed HB 69, before Obama's executive orders, because of Alaskan's concern about their 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms.

If passed, HB 69 would make it a misdemeanor if a federal official tried to take a person's firearm and ammunition.

Chenault says he's not sure he'll have an 'easy time' getting the bill passed through the state house.

"There's going to be a lot of conversation about if it's constitutional is it not constitutional and I'm ready to have that debate," Chenault said. "Sometimes you attempt to enact laws to make sure the federal government understands where the citizens of the state of the Alaska stand."

The bill has been referred to the judiciary committee.

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William Dahl said on Tuesday, Feb 26 at 12:20 PM

Since when are human rights violations just misdemeanors? And why should only federal officials be punished for human rights violations?

William Dahl said on Tuesday, Feb 26 at 12:19 PM

It needs to be a felony and it should not be just federal jackbooted thugs who are subject to the law.

Sonorak said on Friday, Jan 18 at 7:13 AM

Wyoming passed theirs already making it a felony with 1 yr. minimum sentence and up to $5000 fine for anyone, federal or local attempting to enforce disarmament laws. It also made provision for the attorney general to defend its citizens.

Megan Mazurek said on Thursday, Jan 17 at 1:00 PM

The sponsors on the bill include Millett, Johnson, T.Wilson, Hawker, Olson, Feige, P. Wilson, Thompson, Keller, Gattis, Lynn, Saddler, and Hughes.

GREG JUNK said on Thursday, Jan 17 at 12:40 PM

WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY MEMBERS SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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