New Anti-Gun Control Law Set for Alaska

Associated Press Writer

October 17, 2005, 4:08 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Starting Wednesday, handgun owners won't need permits to carry concealed weapons in the seven Alaska cities where they're still required. There also will be no more restrictions on keeping a firearm in a vehicle.

A new state anti-gun control law that goes into effect will essentially bar municipalities from passing gun laws that are more restrictive than state law.
The National Rifle Association, which helped Republican state Rep. Mike Chenault write the legislation, says except for the concealed weapon permit requirements, most Alaska city and state gun laws are the same.

What the NRA wants to do is prevent cities from passing more restrictive laws in the future. It calls it state pre-emption, and Alaska will be the 44th state to have such a law on its books.

"We are looking to make it uniform to all 50 states," said NRA spokeswoman Kelly Hobbs. "Without it, it creates an unfair, inconsistent and confusing patchwork of local firearm ordinances."

But Alaska police chiefs worry about no longer being able to enforce laws banning guns from public buildings, such as city halls.

The new law would allow cities to keep guns out of places beyond a restricted access point, such as a metal detector, but the chiefs say their cities can't afford the staff or equipment.

"There are lots of people, myself included, we really value our constitutional rights," said Anchorage Police Chief Walter Monegan. "But if we had the same enthusiasm to also support our constitutional responsibilities, then I would be less concerned over this issue."

Chenault argues that even though state law now does not specifically prohibit weapons in municipal buildings, it does prohibit them in state buildings, so a municipal law wouldn't be considered more restrictive. He acknowledged, however, that it may take a court challenge to see if he's right.

Australians Without Guns
Here's a thought to warm some of your hearts...
From: Ed Chenel, a police officer in Australia:

Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under. It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.

The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent

Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent

Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.
(Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals STILL possess THEIR guns!)

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly.

Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian society of guns." You won't see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
The Australian experience proves it. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.

_Take note Americans, before it's too late!_


Why You Should Get a Concealed Carry Permit?

Several years ago, British and Australian citizens had their guns banned shortly after their Governments required gun registration. The crime rate went off the charts. There was a recent news report of a mass murder in Australia by a criminal armed with several guns. Criminals will always find guns on the black market. If there had been someone in the crowd with a concealed handgun, he or she may have been able to stop the attack. When guns are banned, people are left defenseless.

Rape and violent assault have increased dramatically in Australia and Great Brittan since their guns were taken away. People are defenseless and the criminals know it. My sympathy goes out to the citizens of those countries and other places that have a suppressive government that will not allow them to protect themselves and their families with firearms.
Here in America we have, thanks to our Founding Fathers, a Constitution and Bill of Rights with a 2nd Amendment. That 2nd Amendment says we have a God given unalienable (cannot be taken away) right to "Keep and Bear Arms." We have a right to self-protection from all enemies, even an oppressive unconstitutional government.

A good solid reason for gun ownership here in America is the fact that 20 million armed to the teeth Americans will make any invader think twice. It should keep socialist and communistic politicians like Hitler, Stalin etc. at bay also. If we let any politicians take away our right to "Keep and Bear Arms" we will soon be under a dictatorship or police state.
Have you watched the news lately? It's full of terrorist threats, serial killers, rapes, child murder and kidnapping, drug lab busts, violent assaults, robberies, burglaries and that's just the tip of the iceberg. The news said the other day that one in every 32 U.S. citizens is in prison, on probation or on parole. That's a lot of criminals in our country, the most per capita in the world. Do you feel safe? Would you let your wife or daughter walk a few blocks in any city to visit a friend at night? I wouldn't, no way.

The "War On Drugs" is a miserable failure. Meth, heroine and crack addicts are looking for a way to get their drugs and they don't have a regular job. They burglarize and rob to get what they need. When strung out on any variety of drugs, addicts will rob and kill you for the few bucks in your wallet or purse. If you're a woman, expect worse. The answer to the question "How do I protect myself and my family?" is to acquire shooting skill and a Concealed Carry Permit. At this point in time only a few backward states don't allow Concealed Carry Permits.

With today's climate of crime, rape and violent assault, I urge all women to learn the shooting arts and arm themselves. Thousands of would be rapes and assaults have been repelled by an armed female. God created men and women but Smith and Wesson made them equal. A two hundred pound rapist will leave the scene quickly after looking down the barrel of a 357 magnum in the hand of a determined woman. Women have a physiological (not psychological) advantage over men when it comes to shooting. It's a scientific fact. My wife says, "It's the way we're built." Women often shoot better than men when they both have the same training.

Isn't it true that an armed population would discourage terrorism? Citizens carrying concealed handguns would multiply the risk to would be terrorists, especially after the first few terrorists get shot by armed American citizens. I've read that applications for Concealed Carry Permits have increased dramatically since 9/11/01. That's great, but what kind of message would it send to terrorist organizations around the world if most American citizens carried a concealed side arm and were trained to use it. Might make terrorists change their minds. Israeli citizens have shot and killed a number of terrorists preventing mass causalities. These citizens are considered to be heroes.

So why should you have a Concealed Carry Permit? It's your Constitutional right and duty to be able to defend yourself, your loved ones and even your country. It's also the main deterrent that will keep us free from a socialist dictatorship.

But why do I need a permit? Because you will go to jail with a large fine if they catch you with a handgun and no Concealed Carry Permit. I've heard people say "But I will get on some list and if they ever ban guns they will come for mine first." I wouldn't worry about that. If politicians ever try and ban guns, there will be a revolution the next day. Americans love their guns and will not give them up. My advice is to "Stay Legal". Then you won't have to worry about it.

If you have children, teach them too. Then they will respect firearms and hopefully not do anything stupid. Take precautions concerning "access to firearms" if you have young children in your household.
When you learn to shoot and are carrying concealed you will feel more "Secure In Your Person." It's a good feeling to know you are not as vulnerable to some criminal, drug addict or terrorist that's bigger or meaner than you. You can defend yourself if forced to.

Finally, fight for your right to "Keep and Bear Arms". It is an "unalienable" (can't be taken away) God given right. If liberal socialist politicians try and ban our guns, fight them all the way to the voting booth. Join the NRA, Gun Owners of America, Second Amendment Foundation or any other gun rights group or association and contribute. They have done a pretty good job so far. Subscribe to gun related magazines like Concealed Carry Magazine and support their advertisers. If we ever let politicians ban our guns, only criminals will have them.
In the March/April 2003 issue of Backwoods Home Magazine, editor Dave Duffy reports that "Personal guns are getting to be in style." He says "I never thought I'd see the day: personal guns for self-protection are getting to be in vogue. Gun stores can barely keep guns in stock.

Reports from across the nation say requests for concealed carry permits are going through the roof. The terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 have put people in a self-defense mode. When Attorney General Ashcroft made the statement that the 2nd amendment was written for individuals, gun owners took a major step forward in our fight to "Keep and Bear Arms." Hooray.

We urge all gun owners to join pro 2nd amendment groups or associations (NRA, Gun Owners of America etc.) and contribute.

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