ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state Senate has passed a dramatically modified House bill meant to protect Alaskans’ Second Amendment rights, allowing the state to defend citizens accused of violating future federal gun laws -- as well as state law enforcement officers blocking their implementation.
According to the Associated Press, the version of House Bill 69 that passed 17-3 Wednesday is far different from that first introduced by House Speaker Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski), which earlier passed the House. The biggest change strikes a provision that would have made it a felony for a federal official to try to enforce laws or regulations that would restrict ownership of semi-automatic weapons or require that firearms be registered.
The bill now says state and local government agencies cannot help implement presidential orders or federal laws or regulations that infringe upon Second Amendment rights. It also says personal firearms possessed in the state are not subject to federal law or regulation, including registration.