Chenault Toughens Legislation to Prevent Federal Gun Law Enforcement
ANCHORAGE - House Speaker Mike Chenault is doubling down on his bill to prevent federal officials from enforcing gun restrictions in Alaska.
Although some people believe the bill is in violation of the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, Chenault presented an even tougher version to the House Judiciary Committee Friday.
Now not only would it allow for the arrest of federal officers trying enforcing gun laws, it provides that they would be charged with a felony.
"The original bill had a Class B misdemeanor,” Chenault aide Tom Wright told the committee. “We heard from many, many people throughout this state that they'd like to have it a Class C felony. So that's why we included it in here."
The committee did not vote on Chenault's bill. But it did pass a resolution by Representative Charisse Millett calling on president Obama and Congress to back off on proposals to restrict gun ownership.