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19th Legislature(1995-1996)

Journal Text for SB177 in the 19th Legislature

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10-16-1996 Senate Journal 4402
SB 177
Message of June 19 was received, stating:

Dear President Pearce:

Under the authority of art. II, sec. 15 of the Alaska Constitution, I
have vetoed the following bill:

177(FIN) am H
          An Act relating to permits to carry concealed
handguns; and relating to possession of firearms on
state ferries.
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I believe this bill would seriously undermine the safeguards in
Alaskas concealed weapons law and would jeopardize the public and
law enforcement officials.  The bill would remove many of the
places where concealed weapons are prohibited under current law and
would permit the carrying of concealed weapons by out-of-state
persons who may not meet Alaskas statutory requirements.

The current concealed handgun program has been in place for only
18 months.  The experience to date has not demonstrated that the
law is broken, or that the types of amendments contained in this
bill are warranted or necessary.

A specific objection to this bill comes from a basic premise, founded
on hundreds of years of experience, that guns and alcohol dont mix.
This bill would allow concealed handguns in bars.  This scenario
invites tragedy.

I also question the wisdom of allowing concealed guns in banks and
government offices as proposed in this bill.  There is good reason
for these locations to be protected.  We should not  jeopardize their
security by allowing concealed handguns on the premises.

Finally, the manner in which this bill would offer reciprocity for
concealed handgun permit holders from other states is especially
troubling.  Reciprocity would be offered to any out-of-state permittee
regardless of the requirements to obtain a permit in another state,
even if those requirements are less stringent than in Alaska.
Moreover, an out-of-state permit holder would not be subject to the
same restrictions that apply to Alaska permit holders.  While this
may not have been the intent of the legislature, it is unacceptable to
allow activities by out-of-state residents which are prohibited by
Alaska residents under our laws.

Many municipalities and law enforcement organizations have voiced
strong opposition to this legislation including the Alaska Peace
Officers Association, the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, the
Public Safety Employees Association, the Municipality of Anchorage,

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and the Cities of Palmer and Wasilla.  I acknowledge their
experience and professionalism in this area and find a veto of this
legislation necessary in the interest of public safety.

						Tony Knowles