Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson today said he will ask the Anchorage Assembly for $15 million to pay for a transition center, where homeless people will be given shelter and customized assistance to establishing permanent stable lives, homes, and a path forward in their lives. The location where he wants to put the temporary tensioned fabric structure is on Tudor Road near the Alaska Native Medical Center, a plan he has been discussing with members of the Assembly in recent weeks.
The mayor also said he would also sign an executive mayoral order making Anchorage a Second Amendment sanctuary city, and said that any federal laws that would require law enforcement officers to go door-to-door to register guns, tax guns, or confiscate guns is the kind of thing that would put officers’ lives in danger, and this concerns law enforcement professionals.
Second Amendment sanctuary cities are places where unconstitutional gun laws are not enforced. The definition of sanctuary cities (or counties) is not fixed. But President Joe Biden has made gun control one of his priorities, so this executive order is to get ahead of the president.
Alaska is considered a Second Amendment sanctuary state. In 2010, Governor Sean Parnell signed the Alaska Firearms Freedom Act, which said certain firearms and accessories are exempt from federal regulation. In 2013, Parnell signed HB 69, which expanded the Firearms Freedom Act.
The Kenai Borough is a Second Amendment sanctuary after the Borough Assembly passed an ordinance last July reaffirming its support for Americans’ right to bear arms.
Bronson will also sign an executive order on Thursday pertaining to mandatory face masks, vaccines, and the opening of municipal offices to the public. Two other orders have to do with creating a task force on efficiencies and regulatory reform, and economy and diversification.