Lawmakers in the Last Frontier have passed a bill protecting the right of their citizens to keep and bear arms from federal infringement. Both houses of the Alaska state legislature approved HB 69 and the act now only lacks the governor’s signature before it becomes state law.
Although part of the measure was amended somewhat by the state senate — a provision that would have charged federal agents with a felony if they attempted to enforce federal gun grabs within state borders — the bill remains a bold statement of state sovereignty and resistance to federal plans to disarm civilians.
Specifically, the act forbids “state and municipal agencies from using assets to implement or aid in the implementation of the requirements of certain federal statutes, regulations, rules, and orders that are applied to infringe on a person's right to bear arms.”
State officials are expressly forbidden from trying to enforce any act of Congress or any presidential executive order that would reduce the scope of the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.
Apart from those guaranteed by the Second Amendment, the Alaska act shields other fundamental rights from federal encroachment, as well.
For example, if signed by the governor, the bill would safeguard citizens’ rights to due process and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The latter is accomplished by the act’s prohibition on the implementation of the REAL ID Act passed by Congress in 2005.
Furthermore, all unconstitutional “federal statutes, regulations, rules, and orders” are declared “unenforceable” in Alaska. Should any such measure be attempted to be imposed upon citizens, the state attorney general is ordered to mount a legal challenge to the “federal statute, regulation, rule, or order that violates the rights of a resident of the state.”
With passage of HB 69, Alaska’s state legislators have taken the right tack in forcing the federal beast back inside its constitutional cage.
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