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HJR 17: Urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to ensure that federal agencies do not ban certain ammunition; and urging the governor to encourage the manufacture of firearms and ammunition in Alaska.

00                       HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 17                                                                     
01 Urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to ensure that                                 
02 federal agencies do not ban certain ammunition; and urging the governor to encourage                                    
03 the manufacture of firearms and ammunition in Alaska.                                                                   
04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
05       WHEREAS the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects                                  
06 the right of all citizens to keep and bear arms; and                                                                    
07       WHEREAS art. I, sec. 19, Constitution of the State of Alaska, clarifies that the right                          
08 to keep and bear arms is an individual right in Alaska; and                                                             
09       WHEREAS the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is proposing                                    
10 to ban the import, manufacture, and distribution of certain 5.56 millimeter ammunition; and                             
11       WHEREAS the ban of 5.56 millimeter ammunition unfairly and illegally persecutes                                 
12 American businesses; and                                                                                                
13       WHEREAS Alaska law protects the right to manufacture firearms and ammunition in                                 
14 this state; and                                                                                                         
15       WHEREAS Alaska has a substantial interest in attracting industry to the state; and                              
01       WHEREAS Alaskans need good jobs;                                                                                
02       BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully urges the President                               
03 of the United States to prevent federal agencies from banning 5.56 millimeter ammunition;                               
04 and be it                                                                                                               
05       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the                                    
06 United States Congress to make any necessary statutory changes to prevent federal agencies                              
07 from banning 5.56 millimeter ammunition; and be it                                                                      
08       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the Governor to                                        
09 make every effort to attract, secure, and provide the conditions for success for an Alaska                              
10 firearms manufacturing industry.                                                                                        
11       COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of                             
12 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and                          
13 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of                                  
14 Representatives; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the                                 
15 Honorable B. Todd Jones, Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and                                       
16 Explosives; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S.                                       
17 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska                                       
18 delegation in Congress.