House bill 'exempts' Alaska from federal gun regulation

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009

JUNEAU - The state House has approved a bill exempting guns and ammunition manufactured and kept within Alaska from federal firearms regulation, a measure critics immediately said was unconstitutional.

The House Thursday voted 32-7 in favor of the Alaska Firearms Freedom Act sponsored by Fairbanks Republican Mike Kelly and 10 co-sponsors.

Kelly says the measure will let Alaska opt out of federal regulation, including interstate commerce law used to regulate firearms, in favor of state law.

Guns, ammo and accessories manufactured in Alaska would be exempt but would have to stay within the state.

Critics say Alaska can't simply opt out of federal regulation but that Kelly's measure will give Alaskans that impression, making them susceptible to arrest if they build illegal guns.

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