Machine Gun Kelly’s Made in Alaska Bill

I grew up with guns.  I got a .22 rifle for my ninth birthday that I still have and love.  I have put thousands and thousands of rounds through that rifle and used it to kill more than a couple of cute little animals that wound up on a dinner table.  I am a member of a “sportsman” group so I can get a discount at the indoor shooting range when it’s too cold to go shoot outside.  I have 4 guns in my house right now, and grew up in a house with around a dozen different rifles, shotguns and handguns.  I am really looking forward to recently elected Anchorage assemblyman Dick Traini’s big machine gun shootout fundraiser.

Now that I have said all of that it is pretty obvious that I am going to say something against guns, so here it goes…

‘Made in Alaska’ firearms bill would assert state rights

The state Legislature has passed a measure exempting from federal gun regulations firearms, accessories and ammunition made and kept instate. The so-called “Alaska Firearms Freedom Act,” sponsored by Fairbanks Republican Rep. Mike Kelly, passed the Senate Friday. It now goes to the governor. It is another effort to assert state rights over federal regulations. The firearms in question also must have “Made in Alaska” stamped on them.

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3 responses to “Machine Gun Kelly’s Made in Alaska Bill

  1. ImMattMan

    Great post! I’ll be checking out those informative links as well… Buuuut, you DO admit that guns are toys.

  2. ak49land

    You know, I agree that these crazies shouldn’t be allowed to own full-auto machine guns, SBRs, disguised fire-arms, and definately not destructive devises (and I’m not talking about Desert Eagles in 50AE).

    But….. I don’t agree with how difficult it is for normal Alaskans to get those. I am the owner of half a dozen guns, some of those are “scary black guns” and I like to shoot them at the range. Whenever I go to the range, and hit the bench with my AK or AR, there are a dozen other guys with ARs (and usually one with an AK, where’s the love guys?). Are they all law abiding? Probably. Why else would they pay to use the range? Would they hold up a bank or attack the government if all of a sudden they could put a supressor on that AR they already own? Probably not.

    I spoke with a class three dealer last winter about getting a supressor for one of my ARs. He assured me that ‘it seems like a lot, but really, it’s not that bad.’ All I have to do, as a law abiding member of society is this:
    Get a back ground check from APD
    Have a CCL course or firearms safety course in the last year to get the BG Check from APD
    Pay $250 to get the Course
    Pay more for the back ground check
    Wait 30-90 days for the police chief to ok me
    Pay more for a federal back ground check
    Wait 90-180 days for the fed to ok me
    Fill out the ATF Paper work
    Pay the ATF $200 for a “stamp”
    Send the money to the website that sells the supressor
    Wait 30-180 days for them to ship me the supressor.

    Ahhhh… at long last, I’ve got my $600 suppressor. And it only took 150-430 days and $1,100 to get it.

  3. Ron Paull

    There’s nothing to stop the states from regulating firearms made within the state. Many states already have their own firearms regulations that restrict the manufacture, importation, and distribution of destructive devices, and in some cases fully automatic weapons.

    Be careful not to vilify all militias. Not a few state constitutions allow for citizen militias in the event of ‘situations’ which overwhelm state and local law enforcement agencies. Or in situations where the same agencies begin to function in ways that abrogate citizens rights under the state and Federal constitution.
    This was basically the function of the first militias in the colonies and without them we would not be here today.
    I am NOT advocating for genuinely extremist – whacko groups who’s aim is to overthrow all government and who are willing to target ‘non-combatants’ .
    The National Guard is NOT a state militia anymore. It is a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces and the president may federalize it any time he wants – he can even federalize it to put down insurrections in the units own state against the will of the governor who is the Guard’s Commander and Chief when it pleases the president. I could be wrong but I think governors have the right to refuse federalization of their states National Guard forces but I don’t think its ever been done.
    If things keep going the way they are – we may have occasion to find out.
    In the mean time; asserting States Rights IS a very good thing. It’s time to limit D.C. to governing within constitutional boundaries.

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