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.


  • Friend of Humanity says:

    At this point in the game and so many people not trusting Dunleavy, I’d be afraid to sign up for any gun safety classes and get my name put on a list. Would the list be used to confiscate our guns and rifles?

    • M.John says:

      “guns and rifles”… ? Friend, I’m guessing you could benefit from some basic firearms training.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Oh! Excuse me! My bad! What was I thinking? Pistols, revolvers, rifles, weapons, tools.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Oops, let me add shotguns to that list also. Anything else that I forgot?

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Foh your completely right!
    I smell a rat . A dunleavy mole!

  • Lucinda says:

    Shiny object meant to appease a tiny minority and detract from his gross incompetence.

    • Is it not obvious? says:

      You may be new to this world, but this is how politicians have been behaving since well, ever.

      Don’t fall for it.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Even you have declared a truth!
    Shiny object
    Gross incompetence

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    The name that Dunleavy chose just does not sit well with me. I feel like it leaves a lot of room there for attacks on our right to bear arms and not be infringed upon. Many do not own weapons for “sport,” but because it is our right to own weapons and use those weapons for protection against a tyrannical government. “Shooting sport” … “shooting sport.” No, this is not a good name because I do not want to shoot a sport or sport a shoot, and I do not go around shooting for the fun of it. Additionally, why do we even need this “recognized” month for shooting sport recognition? It makes no sense to me. I wonder if Mary Peltola likes this title?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Moreover, IF we were to have a month-long recognition event, how about if it is held in August or September (or both) because this is when many people are out hunting and gathering wild game for their families. What happens in June that could make this title appropriate?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Why was June picked? Why not August, September or October?