On Monday, March 7, NRA-Backed campus carry legislation, Senate Bill 174, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 174 is now expected to be referred to the Senate Finance Committee where it will await consideration.
Senate Bill 174, sponsored by state Senator Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks), would allow students, faculty and guests to own, possess, carry, transport or store a firearm on areas of the University of Alaska campus where not prohibited by law. This legislation would limit the Board of Regent’s ability to regulate the possession and carry of firearms on campuses at the University of Alaska. A state-funded institution should not be allowed to impose rules more strict than state law, especially rules to limit one’s right to self-defense. Individuals should not be prevented from exercising their right to self-defense simply because they choose to seek a college education.
Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you on this important legislation as it moves through the Alaska State Legislature.