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    Alaska must respond to federal attack on 2nd Amendment

    By AlaskaWatchman.com

    There is no doubt the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution guarantee two of the most fundamental rights that make America the free and open society we have been for over 240 years.  Today, these two amendments are under the most serious attack in decades.   A wholesale assault to restrict our rights to free speech and gun ownership is being waged by the socialist left.

    Now that Democrats hold the presidency, the Senate, and the House of Representatives they have launched a frontal assault on the Second Amendment.  This amendment is one of the cornerstone foundations to the freedoms and liberties we hold as a Constitutional Republic. 

    The Second Amendment simply reads,

    “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.”

    Pretty clear, Americans have the constitutionally protected right to own guns and ammo.  Contrary to liberal propaganda, guns are not solely about hunting or self-defense.  The right to keep and bear arms is foremost to ensure the citizens of the United States are capable of defending their rights under the Constitution. 

    We are now witnessing the anti-gun Leftists hell bent on ignoring our constitutional rights and aggressively attacking this very specific and fundamental right.  They don’t like the Second Amendment because it impedes their ability to make America a central-government controlled society.

    Over the decades liberals have placed extensive restrictions on gun ownership, but that was just the warm-up to this new and dangerous push to take our guns away.  The Left does not care about gun violence.  If they did America’s most dangerous cities, with the most homicides and strictest gun control measures, governed by Democrats, would have already stopped the bloodshed in their own communities. They would have fixed the violent crime problem through strong law enforcement, incarceration, and supporting effective victims’ rights.

    “The only reason for gun control is for the Government to be protected from the Citizens. In that way the Government can manipulate the People and subjugate them.”

    Quote from Cuban refugee Manuel Martinez, Real Clear Politics.

    In just the past couple of weeks, federal legislation has been introduced that will seriously restrict the ownership of every gun in America; ultimately eviscerating our constitutional right to private ownership of guns.  And I don’t mean just background checks and registration restrictions are being pursued. 

    Socialists are using the playbook of Lenin and Mao to restrict gun-ownership and create a government controlled society.  What you think, what you say, what you do, how you behave, all controlled by a central government that has made you defenseless to their tyranny by eliminating gun ownership.  It’s happened in numerous countries throughout history.  It can happen here and it appears the socialist oligarchy has determined that now is the time to accomplish this in the United States of America with lightning speed.

    During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden stated he would further regulate both firearms and ammunition by executive action and tweeted that his goal was to “defeat the NRA.”  Really, if that isn’t a direct proclamation to attack gun owners by the guy who now sleeps in the White House, I don’t know what more we need to hear. 

    This guy wants to eliminate on-line sales of guns and ammo.  He wants to hold gun manufacturers liable when guns are used in criminal activity.  Stop the bus!  Do we hold knife manufacturers responsible when a knife is used in a crime?  Do we hold car manufacturers liable when a driver causes a fatal accident?  How about holding swimming pool makers liable for the over 350 children that drown in pools each year?  This stuff can become crazy when trying to hold a manufacturer liable for the actions of irresponsible people who use their product.

    While Joe Biden did not include gun control measures in his first two weeks of Executive Order’s, we must not be dupped into thinking he has changed his position on gun control.  He’ll be getting to it shortly, but in the meantime, his surrogates are doing his bidding.     

    It is time to make Alaska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State

    Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) plans to make gun control a “top priority” for the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee filed House Resolution 127 (HR 127), which would dramatically tighten gun control under the federal government.  Her insane resolution includes:

    • creation of a national firearms license (this is straight out of failed presidential candidate Senator Bookers play book)
    • the requirement of civil liability insurance for all gun owners (a Biden favorite),
    • the establishment of a national ammunition registry,
    • a requirement that gun owners must have a mental health check before they can purchase a gun, and
    • a prohibition on the possession of certain ammunition.

    Congresswoman Jackson Lee also filed HR 125 that would mandate a seven day waiting period before a semiautomatic weapon, a silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or a large capacity ammunition magazine (over ten rounds) could be transferred. 

    All these actions are blatantly anti-Second Amendment acts intended to deprive Americans their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. 

    It is time to make Alaska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.  This legislative session, the State Senate should pass legislation that would bar state and local law enforcement from enforcing any federal gun laws that are stricter than Alaska’s. Taking a play from the liberal playbook on illegal immigration, precedent has been established that cities and states can establish sanctuary areas.  With this action, Alaska would be joining Texas, Ohio, Missouri, and other states in defending our fundamental right to keep and bear arms.

    This legislation would not nullify federal law because it does not infringe upon federal agents enforcing federal law, it simply bars state and local agencies from enforcing, assisting, or supporting these unconstitutional second amendment actions of the federal government.  Should be a no-brainer if you sincerely believe in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

    Most importantly, passing this legislation would send a clear message to our politicians in Washington that Alaskans believe that the federal government is establishing laws that violate the Second Amendment. 

    The next step should be legislation that prohibits local jurisdictions from adopting or enacting any ordinance, laws, resolutions, or regulations that regulate firearms.  In addition, this legislation should ban any jurisdiction within the sovereign state of Alaska from establishing “Gun-Free Zones.” 

    The final action for this session is to pass legislation to amend the Alaska Constitution to include a very specific Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA), as is being done in other states.  A RTBA amendment would enshrine in our constitution the right to gun ownership as an individual right, not a government granted right.  It’s time to bring this issue to the people for a vote.

    We must not wait and be reactionary to the current Marxist movement to eliminate personal gun ownership.  We must become pro-active. Alaska must enact laws that are unambiguous and clearly spell out the individual right to keep and bear arms.  We must stop aiding and abetting federal agencies enforcement of unconstitutional gun control measures.  This is the time, and Alaska is the place to affirm our belief that the Constitution of the United States is the foundation for our society and trumps uber-liberal attempts to make our population submissive to an oppressive government.

    Craig Campbell
    Craig Campbell
    Craig E. Campbell served on the Anchorage Assembly between 1986 and 1995 and later as Alaska’s Tenth Lieutenant Governor. He was the previous Chief Executive Officer and President for Alaska Aerospace Corporation. He retired from the Alaska National Guard as Lieutenant General (AKNG) and holds the concurrent retired Federal rank of Major General (USAF).

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    1. It ain’t going to happen. They will get our bullets first. Texas governor abbott already pretty much said “ya were not abiding by that crap. We dont recognise your bill”

    2. Alaska is already a 2A sanctuary state. We have Constitutional concealed/open carry and we re-affirmed our 2A rights when billy clinton was making noises with the “safe streets act” years ago. I went to the public meeting on this. It was standing room only inside and hundreds of Alaskans standing outside.
      The only issue I see is legislation needs to be passed that local and state LEOs are barred from assisting federal agents when it comes to 2A “crimes” and that federal agents can and will be arrested for rights violations and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      • AS 44.99.500
         
        (a) A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is possessed in this state or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains in the state is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce as those items have not traveled in interstate commerce.
        (b) This section applies to a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is possessed in this state or manufactured in this state from basic materials and that can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state.  Generic and insignificant parts that have other manufacturing or consumer product applications are not firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition, and their importation into this state and incorporation into a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured in this state does not subject the firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition to federal regulation.  Basic materials, such as unmachined steel and unshaped wood, are not firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition and are not subject to congressional authority to regulate firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition under interstate commerce as if they were actually firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition.  The authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition possessed in this state or made in this state from those materials.  Firearm accessories that are imported into this state from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in this state.
        (c) A firearm manufactured or sold in this state and not subject to federal regulation under this section must have the words “Made in Alaska” clearly stamped on a central metallic part, such as the receiver or frame.
        (d) The attorney general may defend a citizen of this state who is prosecuted by the government of the United States under the congressional power to regulate interstate commerce for violation of a federal law concerning the manufacture, sale, transfer, or possession of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition possessed in this state or manufactured and retained within this state.
        (e) A federal statute, regulation, rule, or order adopted, enacted, or otherwise effective on or after June 21, 2013 is unenforceable in this state by an official, agent, or employee of this state, a municipality, or the federal government if the federal statute, regulation, rule, or order violates the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States or art. I, sec. 19, Constitution of the State of Alaska , by
        (1) banning or restricting ownership of a semiautomatic firearm or a magazine of a firearm;  or
        (2) requiring a firearm, magazine, or other firearm accessory to be registered.
        (f) The attorney general shall, under the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States or art. I, sec. 19, Constitution of the State of Alaska , file legal action necessary to prevent the implementation of a federal statute, regulation, rule, or order that violates the rights of a resident of the state.
        (g) In this section,
        (1) “firearm accessory” means an item that is used in conjunction with or mounted on a firearm but is not essential to the basic function of a firearm, including a telescopic or laser sight, magazine, flash or sound suppressor, folding or aftermarket stock and grip, speedloader, ammunition carrier, and light for target illumination;
        (2) “generic and insignificant parts” includes springs, screws, nuts, and pins;
        (3) “manufactured” means a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that has been created from basic materials for functional usefulness, including forging, casting, machining, or other processes for working materials.

        • Thank you for taking the time to write out the existing law. It is important everyone know the good start Alaska has made to protect the Second Amendment. Making these additional requirements will ensure we have closed loopholes to ensure our state is a true Second Amendment Sanctuary State. Our nation is going to be facing a massive Second Amendment attack these next four years. We must do everything possible within our state laws to fight back against these infringements on our rights. Thank you again for your comment. Craig

    3. Arrest any and all connected to the CCP and the Dominion voting machines for Treason ,,, Arrest all that have pissed on our States Constitution in the Senate and Legislature and stole our PFD, These are broken Laws and for a society to remain free harsh measures must be enforced to remind those who through greed and corruption seek to benefit . Then and only then will will start healing from the constant attacks from those that disregard our Laws. This is not only about our GOD Given 2nd amendment , This is all about being free human beings and the Communist satanic scourge that dreams of enslaving us. Please quit being naive Alaska , The Dominion evil must be kept forefront until all are brought to justice.

    4. It somewhat amazes me that neither of our 3 politicians in DC have anything to say on the 1st and 2nd amendments being stripped away. As of today 2/3/21 no statements. It worries me they are silent.

    5. The three amigos in DC that represent Alaska (L.O.L…….) are traitors to their Oath and have already stabbed Alaskans and all Christian Patriotic Conservatives in the back pissing down are backs telling us it’s raining, “Oh” and don’t forget that ASSWIPE in the capitol either!!!

    6. It’s simple 1st it’s the 10th Amendment (states rights) 2nd Amendment was established by the founders to protect those citizens rights !!!

    7. Lisa should learn from her Father Frank.
      FAIRFAX, VA – Governor Frank Murkowski of Alaska signed into law HB 102, a “Right-to-Carry” bill, which enables law-abiding citizens the Right-to-Carry a firearm without government intrusion. Vermont is the only other state in the Union to allow all eligible law-abiding gun owners the Right-to-Carry without a permit. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Vermont consistently falls near the bottom of the list in terms of crime.
      “This was a great victory for the right of self-protection,” said Chris W. Cox, chief lobbyist of the NRA. “I would like to thank Governor Murkowski for signing this common-sense measure into law and for his continued strong support of our Second Amendment freedoms. Guns are used more than 2.5 million times each year for protection, and we know that Vermont has one of the lowest violent crime rates because of it.”

      NRA would like to thank the co-sponsors of this bipartisan legislation, Representative Eric Croft (D-District 25) and Representative Bill Stoltze (R-District 16) for their tireless effort on behalf of gun-owners throughout Alaska. NRA would also like to recognize the support of Senate President Gene Therriault, House Speaker Pete Kott (R-District 17) and Governor Frank Murkowski (R). And, as always, the grassroots efforts and political activism by tens of thousands of NRA members across the state played a pivotal role in this process.

      The 132 year-old NRA is the nation`s oldest civil rights group, and advocates enforcement of existing laws to prosecute and punish violent criminals. The NRA is the nation`s leader in teaching gun safety and promoting marksmanship among law enforcement officers nationwide. The Association has over 4 million members across America.
      https://www.nraila.org/articles/20030613/alaska-passes-broad-right-to-carry-law

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