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.
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.
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“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