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Bill proposes official state bolt-action rifle

Posted: February 16, 2014 - 1:05am

JUNEAU — Sen. Charlie Huggins is taking another shot at designating an official state firearm.

SB175 would make the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle in a number of different calibers the official state bolt-action rifle.

The bill says that to be an Alaskan between 1930 and 1963 meant carrying the “rifleman’s rifle,” the Winchester pre-1964 Model 70. It says the rifle helped Alaskans “establish a firm foothold in the untamed and often wild Alaska wilderness.”

The bill is somewhat different from one introduced by Huggins in 2011 and later withdrawn.

That earlier proposal would have made the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 .30-06 caliber rifle the official state firearm.

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Judy Crondahl
Judy Crondahl 02/16/14 - 07:40 am
All the important work is done

Now that all the important work is done by the legislature and they are working on deciding an official state gun, I would like to propose some more official state designations. Official shovel: gold pick; official yeast: sourdough; official vegetable: rhubarb; official musical instrument: banjo. I'm sure others can come up with additional lists. C'mon, Charlie, don't limit yourself just to guns. It shows a serious lack of imagination!

Art Petersen
Art Petersen 02/16/14 - 04:25 pm
"A firm foothold"

was established in Alaska by Native Alaskans long before the Winchester model 70 was ever devised, by thousands of years. And what can the bill possibly mean in saying "that to be an Alaskan between 1930 and 1963 meant carrying the 'rifleman’s rifle'...? Does it mean that those who didn't carry this rifle weren't Alaskans? This unclear bill seems based more on one person's sentiment and affection than on doing the people's needful business. No wonder it's not being addressed if there's time for strange bills like this one.

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