Alaska House passes Rauscher’s gun reciprocity resolution

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The Alaska House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 3, urging Congress to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act or a similar bill.

The resolution requests that Congress pass legislation allowing individuals with valid concealed carry permits from one state to lawfully carry a concealed firearm in another state to the same degree that an individual with a valid permit from that state can do so.

Citing the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms, as well as the history of the U.S. Supreme Court in safeguarding this right, the resolution leans on the Constitution of the State of Alaska, which guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms without denial or infringement by the state or its political subdivisions.

Currently, the State of Alaska has concealed carry reciprocity with 38 states. The resolution notes that other states that issue concealed carry permits often require applicants to submit fingerprints, pass a criminal background check, complete a handgun competency course, and demonstrate their ability and knowledge of firearm operation and responsibilities.

“We believe that law-abiding citizens who are legally allowed to carry concealed firearms in their home state should be allowed to do so in other states that recognize the right to bear arms,” said Representative George Rauscher (R-Sutton), the bill’s sponsor. “This resolution is an important step in protecting the rights of gun owners and ensuring that their rights are recognized and respected across state lines.”

Copies of the resolution will be sent to President Joseph R. Biden, Vice President Kamala D. Harris, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola.

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  1. Rep. Rauscher’s bill is fine but until it is picked up and ratified at the federal level, Alaska should only extend concealed carry privileges to residents of states that have reciprocity with Alaska. California is actively trying to ban all handguns. In New Jersey, a nonresident person might get arrested for thinking about the handgun he left in his home state. Alaska should not allow residents of non-reciprocity states to carry in Alaska. There should be a “whatever you let us do in your state we’ll let you do in Alaska law”. This approach will put pressure on for universal reciprocity.

    • I get the point of the post but not sure if the non reciprocity should be a blanket rule. Maybe only block state officials and LEA personnel from exercising true 2nd Amendment rights while here in Alaska. Allow all other citizens to use and carry so they can see what freedom is actually like. Then they can take that experience back to their home states, tell their friends, and change their voting habits.

    • Anyone in Alaska can conceal carry no matter what state they are from. If you can legally carry a gun, you can legally carry it concealed. There is no reciprocity. They don’t need a permit at all. The reciprocity is only for other states who accept our concealed carry permit. You don’t need a permit in Alaska but you can get it so you can carry in the other states that accept it.

      • Almost JJ. Those under 21 are precluded from concealed carry and must carry open if they desire to carry a handgun. This is one of the reasons that some states refuse to recognize Alaska, because we allow those under 21 to carry openly, which I approve of. Although I believe 18 year olds should be allowed to CC, the 18 rules is the stickler. You still have 18 year old in high school, though 18 year olds are allowed to serve in the armed forces. That is the reason it was bumped to 21 for CC. Ethically there is something wrong with Constitutional Carry that does not recognize Constitutional Rights of an 18 year olds right to self preservation and military service, and to carry concealed.

  2. Criminals Carry Concealed with No Permit in EVERY State.

    Why do Good Citizens need a permit to Carry Concealed in many states?

  3. I pity you excessively paranoid folks, who have become convinced that a gun is the key to your security. Live by the gun, die by the gun.

    • Exactly!

      Who needs a gun when the government will be there to protect you?

      No one except the government should have guns…….

    • Thedog,
      I imagine, you live in some apartment in town. Have you not ever been off the pavement? Paranoid? Is it paranoid to think that the society is in The Descent? I have had moose, bear, fox and porcupines on our property. Yup, security is a personal choice, you know like reproductive rights? I again imagine you’re all for those. Live by the gun, die by the gun? At least I’ll have my boots on if it happens.

      • It’s heartening to see that you agree that reproductive rights are indeed a personal choice!! So glad to hear that you’re in full favor of a woman’s right to choose.

        • of course I’m for a woman’s right to choose. Actually rather glad my Mom chose the right choice. Of course, more then one person has thought she chose wrong.

        • Abortion has NOTHING to do with “reproductive rights”, Whidbey; that is a logically laughable and nonsensical proposition. I know of no species that reproduces via the killing of its unborn.

        • Hitler confiscated most of the private citizens guns in Germany right before he started exterminating them. Hard to fight evil with a knife. Whidbey you are an ignorant moron if you think this can’t happen again. The only reason it has not happened again is our officials are scared of us law abiding armed citizens. And you and your liberal friends are the entire reason gun violence is where it’s at. No accountability in our liberal court system you just slap violent offenders hands and let them back out to repeat over and over.

    • In many instances, the paranoia is justified. Holocausts are still happening…

      “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The Communist Party must command all the guns; that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”

      The quote was from Mao Zedong, founder of Communist China. Mao’s first act after gaining complete control of China in 1949 was to take away all guns from the population. It was a policy he began in 1935 as he took over each rural province. Anyone found with a gun post-confiscation was executed.

      An estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao’s repeated, merciless attempts to create a new “socialist” China. Anyone who got in his way was done away with—by execution, imprisonment, or forced famine.

      Mao killed more people than either Stalin or Hitler during World War II. And it all began after he took away the guns.

      Cuba and Gun Control

      Everybody ought to have a gun, Castro maintained—until he took over Cuba in 1959. At a rally in Havana before he assumed power, he explained: “This is how democracy works: It gives rifles to farmers, to students, to women, to Negroes, to the poor, and to every citizen who is ready to defend a just cause.”

      Immediately after assuming power in 1959, Castro changed his position, following Mao’s rule that guns should not be in the hands of the people.

      Venezuela and Gun Control

      Venezuela is now paying the price for allowing Chavez to implement the Mao rule when he came to power in 2012.

      Many citizens now regret the repressive gun control legislation the Venezuelan government implemented in 2012. Naturally, this regret is warranted. The Venezuelan government is among the most tyrannical in the world, with a proven track record of violating basic civil liberties such as free speech, debasing its national currency, confiscating private property, and creating economic controls that destroy the country’s productivity.

      Elections have proven to be useless, as they’ve been mired with corruption and charges of government tampering. For many, taking up arms is the only option left for the country to shake off its tyrannical government. But the Venezuelan government has prevented such an uprising with its draconian gun control.

    • Resorting to grade school cliches?
      Why not throw in money is the root of all evil?

      Sad. Really, really sad.

      • Are you talking to me? If you are, can you tell me how many lives it would have been lost if we hadn’t had the right to carry arms? Do you think it’s some extirment president that we’ve had wouldn’t have taken advantage of that? Down here, most people carry guns. We just went permitless. If you’re not carrying a gun down here you’re one of the few who isn’t. I like to think that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There’s one for you.

    • Dawg, yeah, guns and free speech and your right to due process and all of those other ridiculous Amendments need to go, and fast.
      After all, hasn’t government has always been so beneficient in protecting an individuals liberties? You’re absolutely correct, we need merely to become obedient to every whim of our dear leader in order to establish a just and lasting peace. It is evident that you are a well behaved slave, perhaps even allowed into the “Mansion” on special occasions. I’m sure that you believe that your master has only your best interests in mind.

      Other folks hold a different opinion regarding government. Their opinion holds dear the concept of individual rights and liberties, and rightly see that governments have always been the greatest threat to the individual and his property and freedom. These people view you as a boot licker and sycophant.

      So , how does shoe polish taste? Which is your favorite? KIWI OR SHINOLA?

    • You remember that when some goon takes what you worked for because you couldn’t defend yourself. Police are a reactive force. You are the one that has to make sure you can defend yourself, that is the responsibility of the individual. And I prefer to have a weapon for that purpose.

      • Down here if you’re driving through the wrong part of town, somebody will roll a basketball out in front of you and of course you’re going to stop because you think a little kid is going to be coming after his ball right? Moments later somebody grabs you and jerk you out of your car and they go for a joyride. It happens all to common and honestly many times every day down here unless of course you are prepared.

    • Why is a gun like a parachute? If you need one but don’t have one, you probably won’t need one again!

    • I pity you excessively paranoid folks, who have become convinced that they can stop a shooter trying to kill them without a gun. Live unprepared, die by the gun.

      Even the military understands balance of power.

    • If you were being attacked, what would you do in the time between calling the cops and the cops actually arriving?

      • SCOTUS ruled a few years ago the police are not legally bound to protect people.

        Gun control is two hands, a good stance, and lots and lots of training to know what you’re doing.

    • The corollary being “Live on your knees, die on your knees!” Live on your knees: it’s your prerogative, Whidbey.

      • More guns = more gun death.

        Fewer guns = fewer gun deaths.

        Just look at countries like England where guns are rare. Gun death is almost nonexistent. It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out.

        • What you just pointed out is factually true, as in if people hide their guns they will be less likely to use them to kill. But it has NOTHING to do with the total number of deaths. People still kill other people whether they have access to a gun or not. But you knew that when you made the above baseless point.

        • Murder by other means more than makes up for it in the UK.
          I guess being stabbed to death is somehow better in your world.
          Nice try though.

        • Dog you forgot to mention that the more guns people have the more lives are saved. You don’t mention the fact that every time a bad guy comes up against a good guy that’s carrying a gun a crime is usually halted. A life is usually saved. Unless of course you’re counting the deaths of all the bad guys in there like we could have saved their lives if we didn’t have a gun which was just damn stupid.

        • Dawg, gun deaths? Most gun deaths in the USA are suicides. Japan has a higher rate of suicide than the USA, but few guns. In Japan trains are the preferred method of ending ones life. Should Japan outlaw trains?

    • When seconds matter, the police are only minutes (or hours) away.
      .
      I pity you excessively naive and gullible folks, who believe in the fairy tale of a benevolent and omnipotent government. Your ignorant delusions are far more dangerous than any gun could ever be.

    • C’mon dog. Where’s your replies? Go ahead and rebut some of the points made here. Tell us how you provide security for yourself and your property. I mean, school us, tell us how security works when we are disarmed.

      • I never said that I didn’t have guns, or that I was against the Second Amendment.

        What I am against is: 1) gun worship and gun culture, 2) the lack of basic control and safety measures for them such as we have for automobiles, 3) unlicensed concealed carry where far too many people are carrying that shouldn’t be, 4) the glorification of guns, 5) the gun industry marketing them in a manner that instills a sense of Rambo-like machismo in people, especially men, 6) the NRA and their despicable politicization of gun rights that fly in the face of common sense, evidence, and reason, 7) the use of guns as political and religious symbols intended to offend, inflame, and intimidate, 8) people who carry, hankering for someone to Make Their Day, 9) excessively-paranoid people who have been convinced that a gun is the key to their security, and 10) the sum total of all of the above that results in massacres such as Sandy Hook, MSD, Virginia Tech, Vegas, and scores of other horrific shootings.

        I own guns. I shoot guns. Control them. Regulate me.

        • Many of your ideas are ludicrous. Most have some degree of idolization like there’s just a bunch of fanatics running around waving their guns in the air saying look how big mine is. Not everybody lives in a backwoods camp in Northern Arkansas or in Idaho. Many of us are just defending the four walls we live in. Many of us are just depending ourselves because we’re disabled and we feel like we are a special kind of victim waiting to happen because we know bad guys prey on the helpless. Having firepower makes me a little bit less helpless. I agree with you on one point. I think people need to have a permit or they need to show in some way that they have passed a firearm safety course and know how to safely handle a weapon. This course not only goes into the mechanics of firing a weapon but also goes into the how when and why you should or shouldn’t pull the trigger.

        • Two factors common to all of those incidents;
          1) A mentally ill person
          2) A firearm
          Only the removal of the mentally ill component would have changed the outcome, as the firearm does not spontaneously murder people, but the mentally ill person will find a method to carry out their mission. Every shooting where vengeance, hatred, political retribution, unheard voices, crossword puzzles or records played backwards, or where pharmaceutical substances are present, all involve some form of mental illness. Anyone undergoing any form of psychological therapy, whether gender therapy, anger management or some form of post-traumatic stress therapy, should have to surrender their firearm to a responsible party. Notice I did not say law enforcement. At some point when a person is deemed to have been given non-pharmaceutical tools or deemed to have been restored to appropriate mental health by a competent medical authority, should they be allowed to again reclaim their weapons. The problem is no medical authority would be willing to lay their reputation on the line and make such a post treatment diagnosis. Families who contribute to deviant shooters are also now being held accountable. And while I’m at it, every home should have a safe, since there are only two places a weapon is secure; On the responsible handler’s person, or in a secure and locked safe.

    • We have an absolute right ro defend ourselves according to the foundational laws of our AMerican land. It was a right in the 1600’s Jamestown Charter still in force today. The way you jump out to physically defend your people why would you be against self defense. A disconnect there somewhere.

    • I pity those poor people so paranoid about fire that they have extinguishers in their kitchens.
      And I further pity those with first aid kits in their homes.

    • The 2nd Amendment comes before the 10th. The states can’t regulate away what is guaranteed. They can regulate the highway speeds, price of gas, even availability of gas, but not the right to keep and bear arms. I cannot go to CA and carry a pistol for self-defense ever… no matter what permits I try to get. CA will not give nonresidents permits and they don’t accept permits from my state. I am being denied my 2nd amendment rights in CA.

  4. Biden said himself The 87,000 new IRS “brownshirts” will be armed. They must be excessively paranoid folks as well and should be considering who their “targets” are. Based on what is happening in schools lately every mentally capable school employee should be firearm trained and have access to a weapon just the same as police officers are.

    • If they’re going knocking on doors, and those doors are closed and what is behind them is somebody that is not only a lawbreaker meaning they don’t pay their taxes, but also harbor who knows what, and likely I have a firearm, I’d want my brown shirt boys arm too just to protect themselves. Don’t fault someone for just doing their job. Fault people who don’t pay their taxes, people who break the law and want to shoot down someone that’s going to deprive them of their freedom for breaking the law.

      • I’m curious about you using the term ‘my brown shirt boys’. Maybe you don’t know the historical context of it’s use. In the 1930’s the Nazi party had an internal group called the SA that went around beating and killing opponents of their party. Did you really mean to infer that the new IRS agents will be ‘brown shirts’?

    • Are you willing to have your taxes raised in order to substantially increase their salaries? Teachers signed up to be instructors, not cops. If you want to add this responsibility, you’d better be willing to pay for it. Oh, and by the way, most teachers would quit before assuming this responsibility for obvious reasons.

      Honestly, you can’t be serious.

      • Isn’t it interesting that in Israel school shootings are fairly rare these last few years. Maybe it has something to do with most of their teachers being armed.

        You should first ask teachers here if they would choose to be able to protect their students before speaking for them.

        • I doubt that. I think it has something to do with their society is different. Their country isn’t trying to tear itself apart. Jews were born into slavery throughout history, and their country has been defeated numerous times. Maybe they just learned before we did about things that really matter versus who has greener grass on the next block over than I do.

      • I know teachers who carried a weapon to class every day. There wasn’t going to be a hostage situation in their classroom. I know a teacher who got kicked in the belly by an angry parent who came into the school screaming this is for what you did to my kid. The teacher hadn’t done a thing but the parent was chaotic at best. Schools need safety and if you’re running around with teachers who don’t see that, I think you’re running around in the wrong group.

  5. As a conservative in todays Alaska, I’d rather be carried by six than judged by twelve. Paranoid? Maybe.
    Did you hear about what happened at Clark middle school yesterday? No one, not even the cops can tamp these hooligans when they get rolling. So who you gonna call Whidbey? I’m sure you despise police as much as you do the second amendment. Well, maybe you can talk your way out of a bad situation. As long as you’re not white, or male…or female…or Christian….or conservative..or walking down the street…or shopping in a Walmart..or

    • I never said that I didn’t have guns, or that I was against the Second Amendment.

      What I am against is: 1) gun worship and gun culture, 2) the lack of basic control and safety measures for them such as we have for automobiles, 3) unlicensed concealed carry where far too many people are carrying that shouldn’t be, 4) the glorification of guns, 5) the gun industry marketing them in a manner that instills a sense of Rambo-like machismo in people, especially men, 6) the NRA and their despicable politicization of gun rights that fly in the face of common sense, evidence, and reason, 7) the use of guns as political and religious symbols intended to offend, inflame, and intimidate, 8) people who carry, hankering for someone to Make Their Day, 9) excessively-paranoid people who have been convinced that a gun is the key to their security, and 10) the sum total of all of the above that results in massacres such as Sandy Hook, MSD, Virginia Tech, Vegas, and scores of other horrific shootings.

      I own guns. I shoot guns. Control them. Regulate me.

      • I believe nothing you say about being pro 2nd Amendment. You’ve done nothing but denigrate firearms, people that own them, and the rights we exercise under our Constitution.

        • That’s not entirely true. Dog does make some valid points but as tyrannical as he may seem to you, you come off as the exact opposite. You think it’s your way or the highway and that is seldom the case. Nothing is accomplished with that methodology.

      • Blah blah blah, more contradictory, logically inconsistent and disingenuous anti-self-defense hate from a diehard statist and authoritarian. The irrationality and deluded dogmatic ideology of your radical leftist bilge is as predictable as it is specious.

  6. We have an absolute right ro defend ourselves according to the foundational laws of our AMerican land. It was a right in the 1600’s Jamestown Charter still in force today. The way you jump out to physically defend your people why would you be against self defense. A disconnect there somewhere.

  7. All the recipients of the bill, Biden, Harris, etc, except Sullivan will simply laugh at it and do nothing.

  8. Hey dog!

    Are you feeling safer today? Inslee signed that bill doing away with those ‘assault weapons’ so your island must be rejoicing!

    Did you read the rest of the bill? The sections that also make pistols and other rifles illegal if they have certain ‘bad’ parts attached to them?

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