|The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010|
House Approves Restoration of 2nd Amendment Rights Bill
|Ramras’ HB 408 addresses all-or-nothing approach to felon gun rights|
Posted: April 10, 2010
(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.
Alaskans who have been convicted of weapons misconduct felonies but have had most of their rights restored deserve the right to protect themselves.
“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.”
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