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Senate Majority Applauds Legislation to Prevent Federal Overreach


Package of bills and resolutions protect Alaskans and their Second Amendment as well as resource rights
ANCHORAGE-Today, Governor Sean Parnell signed several pieces of legislation intended to stop the federal government from encroaching on the rights of Alaskans.
Sens. Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla), Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage), and Mike Dunleavy (R-Mat-Su Valley) joined Governor Parnell for the bill signings this afternoon at the Matanuska Valley Sportsmen Shooting Range.
“During this Session, the Senate Majority fought to protect the rights of Alaskans,” said Senate President Charlie Huggins.  “The U.S. Constitution specifically protects the rights of Alaskans to own and bear arms and this Legislature along with the Governor will do whatever it takes to make sure these Alaskans retain these basic rights.”
Today, as part of the state’s fight to protect Alaskans and their gun rights, the governor signed House Bill 24, the Stand Your Ground Bill, as well as House Bill 69, which makes unenforceable any federal law that violates the Second Amendment. The Governor also signed House Bill 83, clarifying that a federal statute, regulation or presidential executive order that is not properly adopted, or is unconstitutional, does not preempt state law.   
Governor Parnell also recognized House Joint Resolution 12, which encourages and invites gun and gun accessory manufacturers to bring their business to Alaska.
Also, as part of today’s ceremony, Governor Parnell recognized Senate Joint Resolution 6, sponsored by Senator Fred Dyson, which sends a message to President Barack Obama and Congress that Alaskans are unified in opposing any federal executive orders on gun control.
As part of the effort to prevent other kinds of federal overreach, Governor Parnell also recognized another resolution sponsored by Senator Dyson.   Senate Joint Resolution 2, affirms the broad support of Alaskans and their elected representatives for the strategy and efforts of the Governor, Attorney General and Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources to protect Alaska’s economic freedom from federal government overreach in the management of state resources and urges Congress and the President of the United States to restrain federal intervention into state resource management that threatens Alaska’s security and prosperity.
“The State of Alaska’s future prosperity hinges on the responsible development of its abundant natural resources,” said Senator Dyson.  “Unfortunately, Alaska has entered a period of extraordinary efforts by certain federal agencies and environmental groups to lock up Alaska’s resources.  This resolution sends a strong message to the federal government about where Alaskans stand on this issue.”  
Governor Parnell also signed House Bill 33, clarifying one-handed hunting and utility knives do not qualify as switchblades.
For more information, please call Senate Majority Press Secretary Carolyn Kuckertz at (907) 269-6315.
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