Bill to Bar Enforcement of New Gun Laws Passes

The Alaska House has passed a bill that would make it a felony for a federal official or agent to try to enforce new restrictions on gun ownership

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - The Alaska House has passed a bill that would make it a felony for a federal official or agent to try to enforce new restrictions on gun ownership.

The 31-5 vote followed lengthy floor debate. Opponents said they swore to uphold the state and U.S. constitutions, and the bill flies in the face of that. Supporters said that lawmakers, with the bill, could take a stand against federal encroachment on Second Amendment rights.

HB69 would deem unenforceable federal laws, orders, rules or regulations that seek to ban or restrict ownership of a semi-automatic firearm or magazine. It would also deem unenforceable new federal laws or rules that require a firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory be registered.

A legislative attorney has said the bill is "largely unconstitutional."

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