State Senate takes aim at Clinton gun policy

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate approved a resolution Thursday calling on the Bush administration to reverse anti-gun ownership policies put forward by President Bill Clinton.

The resolution said the Clinton administration's stance on gun ownership moved dangerously in the direction of eliminating individual Second Amendment freedoms.

The measure was sponsored by Sen. Dave Donley, R-Anchorage, and 10 other Republican senators.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Donley cited a federal Court of Appeals case in New Orleans in which an assistant U.S. Attorney said that the government has the right to restrict private ownership of rifles, pistols and shotguns.

The advisory measure was approved 18-1 with only Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, dissenting.

''It was a resolution that addressed a problem that I don't in fact believe is real,'' Elton said.

He said the measure did not address specifics of gun issues such as the Brady Bill, guns in schools, instant background checks or gun locks.

''I thought it was more of a political statement that would have no impact on policy,'' he said.

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