Lawmakers Believe Residents Should Have More Self-Defense Rights
Lawmakers in Juneau believe Alaska residents should be able to protect themselves and their families at any cost.
JUNEAU – Lawmakers in Juneau believe Alaska residents should be able to protect themselves and their families at any cost.
“We tend to keep giving criminals more and more rights, instead of law abiding Alaskans who tend to lose more rights, “ said Representative Mark Neuman, who represents the Mat-Su Valley.
Under the state’s current law Alaskans can only use deadly force for self-defense when assisting a peace officer, or at home, work or protecting a child.
If you’re anywhere else it’s a different story.
The new law would allow you to use deadly force in any place where a person has the right to be, so long as you aren’t trespassing.
“It makes it easier for the legitimate citizen to face these type of difficulties in the legal sense, and I think it gives more guidance to the prosecutors and the police officers,” said Ken Feinman, manager at Wild West Guns.
Some residents applaud the change.
“Actually specifying and putting a law, I think that protects the law even more,” said William Holm.
Others feel it's unnecessary. “There should be more laws against guns, not making it easier to have guns and go around shooting people,” said Emily Pearson, a Girdwood resident.