House committee advances gun regulation bill

By February 19, 2013Legislative News

A bill in the Alaska House that would criminalize federal gun regulation is on track to be scheduled for a vote.

HB69, by House Speaker Mike Chenault, was moved from the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

The bill would make it a felony offense for federal officers to attempt to enforce any new federal laws that attempt to limit gun ownership in Alaska.

The bill has garnered broad support among House Republicans and become a symbol in the fight against federal overreach. But a legislative attorney has said he believes much of the bill is unconstitutional.

Democratic Rep. Max Gruenberg said that while he agrees with the bill’s sentiment, he could not support a bill that he deemed unconstitutional, misleading and expensive to uphold in court.

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House committee advances gun regulation bill