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Governor Dunleavy Signs First Major Pro-2A Legislation in Ten Years, NRA-Backed House Bill 61

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Governor Dunleavy Signs First Major Pro-2A Legislation in Ten Years, NRA-Backed House Bill 61

The National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrates a significant victory today for Alaskans and the Second Amendment. Governor Mike Dunleavy has signed House Bill 61 into law, marking the first major pro-Second Amendment legislation passed in the state in the last decade. This comes ten years after House Bill 24, the "Stand Your Ground" law, which Governor Dunleavy supported by voting 'yea' in his first year as a state senator, was enacted on April 11, 2013. 

House Bill 61, championed by Speaker Cathy Tilton and backed by the NRA, is a groundbreaking law that safeguards the rights of firearm businesses and gun owners during states of emergency. The bill prohibits state and local government entities from closing lawful firearm businesses or restricting individuals' access to firearms, ammunition, and component parts during declared states of emergency. The bill passed with bipartisan legislative support and its Senate companion was carried by Senator Scott Kawasaki (D). 

This legislation provides a critical protective shield for our fundamental rights during states of emergency, reinforcing the core principles of the Second Amendment. It not only supports gun owners but also ensures legal recourse for those who experience unjust infringements on these rights. 

The NRA, representing millions of members across the nation, applauds Governor Mike Dunleavy for his unwavering support of our Second Amendment rights and for signing this pivotal legislation into law. 

"Today is a remarkable day for Alaskans, NRA members, and Second Amendment advocates," says Aoibheann Cline, NRA Alaska State Director. "This bill is not just legislation; it's a protective shield for our fundamental rights during states of emergency, reinforcing the core principles of the Second Amendment we deeply respect and uphold. Today is indeed a great victory for all freedom-loving Alaskans.”

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