Alaska joins in solidarity against NYC gun ban

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The State of Alaska is signing onto Louisiana’s amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to strike down New York City’s ban on transporting all handguns from within the city limits to outside. New York’s rules allow for licensed gun owners to take their handguns to one of seven NYPD-approved shooting ranges within the city, but not across city boundaries.

Alaska Attorney General Kevin G. Clarkson said that Alaskans should be worried about this ban, despite the fact that it doesn’t directly affect them.

“The more we allow these types of bans around the nation, the more it restricts the rights of every American,” he said, “The Governor and I both feel strongly that we need to defend Alaskans' right to bear arms from these types of unconstitutional bans—we don't want this type of ban to cascade like falling dominoes and infringe on Alaskans' rights.”

Outside of the Second Amendment concerns, the brief argues that the restrictions also threaten the Commerce Clause, which allows for unrestricted travel between states for interstate commerce.

The case, which will be decided during next year’s term, was brought by three New York City residents and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

In signing onto the amicus brief, Alaska isn’t joining the plaintiffs, but offering information that the Dunleavy administration thinks will be helpful to the court in making the decision.

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