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Governor Signs Firearms, Goldstream Public Use Area Legislation

May 27, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today signed legislation relating to firearms. House Bill 186, the Firearms Freedom Act sponsored by Representative Mike Kelly, establishes that a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is made either commercially or privately in Alaska and that remains in the state is not subject to federal law or regulation.

"HB 186 is about our individual freedoms as Americans," Governor Parnell said. "It's about providing for and protecting our families. It's about standing up for state's rights. And it frees the State of Alaska from restrictive federal firearm regulation and allows us to take responsible firearm regulation into our own hands."

House Bill 319 changes statutes on Alaska concealed handgun permits. HB 319, sponsored by Representative Mike Hawker, clarifies that a permit does not have to be surrendered when it expires or when a permit holder moves out of the state. The bill also clarifies that an expired permit can be displayed, as long as the permit holder is not claiming that it is a valid permit. It also requires the Department of Public Safety to mail a notice to the permit holder at least 90 days prior to the expiration of a permit.

Governor Parnell also signed legislation making the Goldstream Public Use Area (GPUA) permanent. The GPUA encompasses nearly 2,000 acres of state land and has a growing network of trails and is utilized year round by outdoor enthusiasts. It was established in 1990 by Senator Bettye Fahrenkamp and Representative Mike Davis and was set to sunset on July 1. Senate Bill 195, sponsored by Senator Joe Thomas, repeals the sunset provision.

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