In an Aug. 1 decree that acknowledged Alaska’s love of firearms and hunting, Gov. Mike Dunleavy proclaimed August to be “Shooting Sports Month” in Alaska.

Noting that “countless Alaskans rely on and take pride in the ability to utilize firearms to feed and protect their families,” Dunleavy said many Alaskans have a “great passion for firearms.”

To this end, he said it is “vitally important” that residents are “well-trained and knowledgeable” in gun use and safety.

“Shooting sports programs and instruction by trained firearm instructors affirm the role of local communities as the primary teacher of the rule of law and personal responsibility,” Dunleavy observed.”

He also noted that the shooting sports industry “contributes greatly to Alaska’s economy and provides employment to many Alaskans.”

Throughout the month of August, the governor is encouraging Alaskans to “participate in shooting sports programs in order to learn about safe firearm practices and the many benefits firearms can provide in the Last Frontier.”

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Gov. Dunleavy wants Alaskans to celebrate their guns across the month of August

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.