Senator questions state getting into fight over guns

Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2010

JUNEAU - An Alaska Democrat is asking whether the state should get in a fight with the federal government over gun regulations when another state is already pressing the issue in court.

Sen. Hollis French raised the question Wednesday, when his Judiciary Committee heard a measure that seeks to exclude from federal regulation guns, accessories and ammunition made and distributed in Alaska.

Sen. John Coghill, a North Pole Republican, said it's a patriotic duty and gives voice to many of his constituents.

The committee heard from Gary Marbut, head of the Montana sport shooting group suing to validate that state's "Firearms Freedom Act." The bill in Judiciary is modeled on that law and seen by supporters as a way to send a message about 2nd Amendment and states' rights.

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