HJR 5: Encouraging Congress to enact legislation allowing people over 18 years of age to purchase handguns.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 5 01 Encouraging Congress to enact legislation allowing people over 18 years of age to 02 purchase handguns. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the right to bear arms is established and protected in the Second 05 Amendment to the United States Constitution; and 06 WHEREAS, under federal law and the laws of this state, an individual who is 18 07 years of age or older may purchase a rifle, long gun, or shotgun from a federally licensed 08 firearms dealer; and 09 WHEREAS, under federal law, an individual must be 21 years of age or older to 10 purchase a handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer; and 11 WHEREAS, under federal law, an individual who is 18 to 20 years of age may 12 purchase a handgun from a private seller who is not a federally licensed dealer; and 13 WHEREAS, in this state, an individual who is 16 years of age or older may possess a 14 firearm in any place except as expressly prohibited by law, such as in or near a K-12 school or 15 where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises; and 16 WHEREAS handguns are commonly used in protection of self, home, and vehicle
01 and, in many situations, are more practical to use than rifles or shotguns; and 02 WHEREAS handguns are often used for protection against wildlife and, in many 03 situations, are more practical to carry than rifles or shotguns; and 04 WHEREAS most mass shootings in the United States are committed by individuals 05 with rifles that anyone 18 years of age or older may legally purchase from a federally licensed 06 firearms dealer; and 07 WHEREAS the federal law that prohibits federally licensed firearms dealers from 08 selling handguns to people under 21 years of age impairs the ability of people who are 18 to 09 20 years of age to protect themselves, including in the event of a mass shooting; 10 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature considers handguns to be a 11 useful means of self-protection; and be it 12 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 13 Congress to pass legislation to allow an individual who meets existing federal requirements 14 for purchasing a rifle, long gun, or shotgun and who is 18 years of age or older to purchase a 15 handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer. 16 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President 17 of the United States; the Honorable Michael R. Pence, Vice President of the United States and 18 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Jeff Rosen, Acting Attorney General of the 19 United States; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, 20 and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in 21 Congress.