The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill that would allow for village public safety officers to carry firearms.
HB199 passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday. It passed the House last month.
The bill would allow for the arming of the officers, who serve as first responders in rural communities that can be located hours or days, depending on the weather, from the nearest state trooper. It was introduced last year, after the shooting death of a village public safety officer in Manokotak.
The officers would have to meet minimum standards and be trained. Regulations adopted by the Department of Public Safety, which took effect in March, speak to the required firearms training.
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