On February 8, House Bill 24, important self-defense legislation introduced by state Representative Mark Neuman (R-10), passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee. This bill now goes to the House Finance Committee where a hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Under existing state law, there is no duty-to-retreat if a person is in their home, business, or on their own property. HB 24 would extend this to recognize the right to use force, including deadly force, for self-defense to include anywhere a person has a legal right to be.
If your state Representative serves on the House Finance Committee, please contact him or her TODAY, and respectfully urge their support for HB 24. To determine your state Representative, please click here. Contact information for members of the House Finance Committee is provided below.
This isn't the most pressing issue with Alaska gun laws that I'd like to see changed. I would much prefer a clarification of pre-emption with regard to UAA, or a law allowing people with a "CWP" to carry in "sensitive places" now off limits like schools like Utah has allowed for a decade. That said, HB 24 is good legislation. It died last session in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman media circus but I think it has a good chance of getting through right now given the current gun control push. Time to push back in pro-2A states!