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2nd Amendment Rights Restoration Bill Heads to Gov - Judiciary Committee's HB 408


Ramras’ HB 408 addresses all-or-nothing approach to felon gun rights

Thursday, April 15, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Legislation restoring full Constitutional rights protected by the 2nd Amendment to certain Alaskans who have past felony convictions is heading to the governor. The Alaska State Senate today unanimously passed House Bill 408. House Judiciary Committee sponsored the bill, which passed unanimously in the House on April 10.

“I am pleased the Senate joined in supporting this policy call of the Legislature to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s “all-or-nothing” test from Caron vs. U.S.,” House Judiciary Committee Chair Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, said. “Under current Alaska law, 95-percent of a person’s gun rights are restored. We are proposing to restore the rights of Alaskans to keep and bear arms so long as they were not convicted of crimes against a person. Gun ownership is a way of life in many areas of the state and 50 and 60-year old Alaskans who live in the Bush face life-or-death circumstances simply because of where they live. Alaskans who have been convicted of weapons misconduct felonies but have had most of their rights restored deserve the right to protect themselves.”

Currently, under state law, an individual convicted of a non-violent can carry long-guns as soon as they receive an unconditional discharge.  Felons can also have their partial right to pistols restored three ways under current state law: by pardon, suspended sentence, or by the passage of 10 years from an unconditional discharge. However, under Federal law the person is banned outright from carrying any firearm. HB 408 eases state restrictions allowing full restoration of rights to persons who have proved themselves to be rehabilitated. 

Now both persons and the State of Alaska will have their second amendment right restored.

HB 408 now heads to the governor for signature.
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