Alaska-Made Firearms, Firearm Accessories, Exempt from Federal Control if Kept In-State
(Fairbanks) - Representative Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today regarding the enactment of House Bill 186, The Alaska Firearms Freedom Act. The Governor signed the bill this afternoon at a ceremony in Fairbanks. Under the new law, all firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition manufactured and kept in the state are exempt from federal firearms control laws. Firearms that remain in the state should not be regulated by the federal government because they have not traveled, triggering interstate commerce restrictions. Firearms exempt from this Act must also have the words "Made in Alaska" clearly stamped on a central metallic part such as the receiver or frame. The Attorney General of Alaska is tasked with defending a citizen of this State facing federal prosecution for violating federal law regarding the manufacture, sale, transfer, or possession of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained in this state.
The Alaska Firearms Freedom Act frees Alaskans from overly-bureaucratic and restrictive federal firearm regulation, and allows our state to assume the responsibility for regulation.
~ Rep. Mike Kelly
"The Alaska Firearms Freedom Act frees Alaskans from overly-bureaucratic and restrictive federal firearm regulation, and allows our state to assume the responsibility for regulation. The Interstate Commerce Clause is used by the federal government to regulate firearms that cross state borders. The Alaska Firearms Freedom Act makes it clear that Alaskans will be responsible for firearms that are made in Alaska, for use in Alaska, and have 'Made in Alaska' stamped on them.
"Outdoorsmen, hunters and all Alaskans defending and feeding their families, and protecting their property, should welcome this new law."