Gun rights

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing on July 7 to consider an ordinance that would establish the area as a Second Amendment sanctuary. Written by Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, he says the measure adds an additional layer of protection should the state ever adopt a law that violates the Second Amendment.

Charlie Pierce

Kenai Mayor Charlie Pierce

“Nationally we see everyday attempts to infringe on this constitutional right,” Pierce told the Watchman last month. “Through these infringements, there have been a number of communities throughout the United States that have followed suit. They have drafted ordinances to provide another level of protection.”

The measure begins by quoting the U.S. and State Constitutions, both of which affirm: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” It also notes that Alaska’s Constitution adds, “The individual’s right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the State or a political subdivision of the State.”

The proposed ordinance references an Alaska law passed in 2013, which prohibits state and local governments from implementing federal laws or regulations that infringe on a person’s right to bear arms.

The ordinance does not address any immediate concerns about the right to bear arms, but Anchorage Democrat Geran Tarr recently proposed a controversial bill that would have allowed the state to confiscate firearms from a person without following due process. The bill failed to gain any legislative traction and died in committee this year. It originally sought to allow family members to request the removal of a relative’s guns and was opposed by NRA because it did not respect due process.

“It is an example of what I’m talking about,” Pierce told the Watchman. “An attempt to create a state law that would infringe on my right to bear arms in my safe home.”


The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held through Zoom, the Meeting ID is 128 871 931. Click here join the meeting from a computer. To attend the Zoom meeting by telephone call (888) 788-0099 or (877) 853-5247 and enter the Meeting ID (128 871 931). For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at (714) 2160 or toll free within the
Borough at (800) 478-4441, Ext. 2160.

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Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.