AK Firearm Freedom Act Update Signed Into Law (HB69, and HJR 12)
Thursday, June 20, 2013, Palmer, Alaska – Alaska Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, released the following statement today after Governor Parnell signed his House Bill 69 into law. The Governor also ceremonially signed a copy of his House Joint Resolution 12 during an event at the Mat-Su Valley Shooting Range. HB 69 amends the Alaska Firearm Freedom Act to protect all guns in Alaska at the time of the law’s enactment from changes in federal gun laws, instead of just those made in Alaska. HJR 12 was sent to firearm and accessory manufacturers, urging them to relocate their businesses to Alaska in the wake of the Lower 48’s trend toward restricting 2nd Amendment rights.
“We sent a pretty strong message with the passage of these bills, and it’s one we’re re-enforcing today: Alaskans will not stand for federal bureaucrats, Congress, or the President trying to take away their 2nd Amendment rights. We found some common ground with the state departments, the NRA, and our fellow legislators and put a pretty straight-forward law on the books: if you own a gun in Alaska today, it is exempt from restrictive or unconstitutional laws and orders thrown at us by Washington, D.C. Hopefully businesses will take notice, and take to heart the message in HJR 12 that Alaska is open for business. There is a tremendous opportunity for manufacturers to move here, with our stable business climate, heritage, and wealth and breadth of outdoor opportunities.”
HB 69 takes effect immediately. Copies of HJR 12 were sent to the White House, the Congress, and 92 of the nation’s firearm and accessory manufacturers.