Yesterday, in a bipartisan collaborative effort, Speaker of the House Cathy Tilton and Senator Scott Kawasaki introduced House Bill 61 and Senate Bill 63. These companion bills, which are similar to legislation considered in previous years, ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected for Alaskans during emergencies. They have been assigned to the Community and Regional Affairs Committees of their respective chambers for consideration. Please contact committee members and ask them to SUPPORT HB 61 and SB 63.
House Bill 61 and Senate Bill 63 prohibit state and local government entities from closing lawful firearm businesses or restricting an individual’s access to firearms, ammunition, and component parts during declared states of emergency, unless such closures and limitations apply to all forms of commerce equally. This prevents anti-gun officials from interfering with Second Amendment rights under the guise of a declared emergency, when citizens need them the most. Further, the bills provide legal recourse for people who experience unjust infringements on these essential rights.
Again, please contact committee members and ask them to SUPPORT SB 63 and HB 61.