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Senate gives final passage to conceal carry law

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A law requiring Alaska law enforcement to honor concealed handgun permits from all 49 states won final approval in the Senate on Friday.

The measure was passed after a failed attempt by Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, to require those traveling to Alaska notify the state that they are traveling armed.

Hoffman wanted to require out-of-state people who legally carry concealed weapons in Alaska to notify the state Department of Public Safety.

''This would at least give the department an idea of how many people are carrying a concealed weapon. I don't see that as a burden,'' Hoffman said. The amendment failed 13-5.

The measure that first passed the Senate on Wednesday would require state law enforcement to honor concealed carry permits from other states regardless of whether those states have extended such a privilege to Alaska.

It would lower the threshold under current law, which requires other states to meet Alaska's standard for eligibility or to honor concealed handgun permits of Alaskans.



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