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Press Release: House Judiciary Committee

House Approves Restoration of 2nd Amendment Rights Bill

Ramras’ HB 408 addresses all-or-nothing approach to felon gun rights
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Rep. Jay Ramras R-10
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Rep. Jay Ramras (R-10)
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Posted: April 10, 2010
Contact: Jane Pierson, 465-6841


(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Bill 408, legislation restoring full Constitutional rights protected by the 2nd Amendment to Alaskans who have past felony weapons misconduct convictions. The House Judiciary Committee sponsored the bill.

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Ak St Legislature MajorityAlaskans who have been convicted of weapons misconduct felonies but have had most of their rights restored deserve the right to protect themselves.
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“HB 408 is a policy call of the Legislature to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s all-or-nothing test set forth in Caron vs. U.S. Under current Alaska law, 95-percent of a person’s gun rights are restored,” Judiciary Committee Chair Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, said. “We are proposing to restore the rights of Alaskans to keep and bear arms so long as they were not convicted of crimes against a person. Gun ownership is a way of life in many areas of the state and 50 and 60-year old Alaskans who live in the Bush face life-or-death circumstances simply because of where they live. Alaskans who have been convicted of weapons misconduct felonies but have had most of their rights restored deserve the right to protect themselves.”

An individual convicted of a weapons misconduct felony can have their right to bear arms restored three ways under current state law: by pardon, suspended sentence, or by the passage of 10 years from an unconditional discharge. State law differs from federal law, where the person is banned outright from carrying a weapon if they have restrictions in state law. HB 408 eases those restrictions to place the burden of proof in weapons misconduct cases on the prosecution, repealing the affirmative defense provision for 3rd degree weapons misconduct.

HB 408 now heads to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

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2010-04-10 : 00:44 : [AUDIO] Rep. Ramras comments on the passage of HB 408
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