Republican Rep. Mike Kelly said federal rules should only apply to firearms sold across state borders, where the U.S. government has constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce.
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The bill easily passed the state House of Representatives in April after picking up 11 co-sponsors. It now sits before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Its chairman, Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, said he will schedule a committee hearing this winter.
The bill could place Alaska into a broader national discussion. Similar bills have passed in Montana and Tennessee, and Fairbanks attorney Lynn Levengood said the shift in Congress and the White House to Democratic control has gun-rights advocates following the debate and planning ahead.
“It's a fail-safe position,” Levengood told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “If federal law tries to undo our Second Amendment rights, we've got a fail-safe.”
The bill would require the guns to prominently display the words “made in Alaska.” The state attorney general's office would defend businesses prosecuted by the federal government. Read more