Some places around the country, such as San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles, are sanctuary cities for illegal aliens.
But the Kenai Peninsula Borough is now a sanctuary for gun owners. The Assembly on Tuesday approved an ordinance that restates what should be obvious: The right to bear arms is constitutionally protected and the borough opposes any legislation that restricts that right.
The ordinance explicitly declares the borough a Second Amendment Sanctuary — a belts-and-suspenders approach to individual gun rights.
The ordinance was proposed by Kenai Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, along with Assembly members Kenn Carpenter, Jesse Bjorkman and Norm Blakeley. Although Assembly member Kelly Cooper tried to water it down by making it merely a resolution, it passed intact as an ordinance, with the force of law.
“The Second Amendment is essential to the people of this Borough, and it is important to me as well,” Pierce said. “As long as I am your mayor, I will protect your right to keep and bear arms. I believe in this so much that I put together an ordinance to engrain this right into our Borough.”
Alaska as a state has been considered a Second Amendment Sanctuary since Gov. Sean Parnell signed the Alaska Firearms Freedom Act into law on July 9, 2010. HB 186 declared that certain firearms and accessories are exempt from federal regulation in Alaska.
In 2013, Parnell signed HB 69 into law, which expanded rights made clear under HB 186.
But anti-gun lawmakers such as Rep. Geran Tarr of Anchorage have tried to create “red flag” laws that would allow the government to enact protective orders and take firearms away from people whom officials deem to be a threat.
Nationally, gun sales are at record levels, along with background checks. This may be in part because of the Black Lives Matter movement to defund police, and in part because of associated lawlessness in cities across America.
Last June, the gun-rights stronghold of Alabama saw 42,898 firearms sales, while this June the number was nearly 140,000.
Alaska firearm sales went from 5,557 in June of 2019 to over 9,060 in June of 2020, a 63 percent increase.
Compare historic FBI background check data here.
These results are consistent across the country. While gun sales are up in every state, ammunition inventories are running low for many caliber.