Senate State Affairs Committee Moves Resolution Opposing Federal Gun Licensing, Tracking Bill
HR 45 is de facto Gun Registration Bill
JUNEAU â€“ The Senate State Affairs committee today passed SJR 6, a resolution expressing the Alaska Legislatureâ€™s opposition to a bill introduced in Congress that would require federal licenses for firearm users in the U.S. The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, who said the congressional bill, HR 45, is in essence a gun registration bill that assaults the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans.
â€œThis bill in Congress would require anyone who possesses a firearm to have a federal license to do so, and makes it a felony to fail to report transfers, loss or theft of a firearm,â€ Therriault said. â€œAs we have seen so often around the world â€“ in Germany, in England, and most recently in Australia â€“ restricting or taking away firearms from law abiding private citizens does not reduce crime, but is followed by more crime.â€
Therriault said he appreciates the quick action by the Senate State Affairs committee and the support of its chairwoman, Sen. Linda Menard, R-Wasilla.
The text of SJR 6 calls on members of Congress, and especially Alaskaâ€™s Congressional Delegation, to reject HR 45 and support firearm education programs, instead. SJR 6 has as further referral to the Senate Judiciary committee.
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