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Alaska Gun Rights 2023 Mat-Su Candidate Survey Results

Alaska Gun Rights has completed a candidate survey of the Mat-Su Borough candidates running for Assembly seats on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Here are the results.

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Wall of Shame: HB61

These are the legislators that voted to pass HB61, putting into state law, that the government has the authority to shutdown gun stores in an “emergency.”

It is a blatant infringement of the 2nd Amendment.

House of Representatives.

Yeas:  Allard, Carpenter, Coulombe, Cronk, Dibert, Edgmon, Foster,                                                              
Groh, C.Johnson, D.Johnson, McCabe, McCormick, McKay, Ortiz,                                                                    
Patkotak, Prax, Rauscher, Ruffridge, Saddler, Schrage, Shaw, Stapp,                                                             
Stutes, Sumner, Tilton, Tomaszewski, Vance, Wright

State Senate.

Yeas:  Bishop, Bjorkman, Claman, Dunbar, Giessel, Hoffman,                                                                      
Hughes, Kaufman, Kawasaki, Merrick, Myers, Olson, Shower,                                                                       
Stedman, Stevens, Wielechowski, Wilson

Act Now: HB61, Equity in Tyranny

Never let a good crisis go to waste…  That’s the despot’s way.

In April 2020, that’s exactly what happened in Anchorage – the Municipality’s Little Tyrant (Mayor Berkowitz) ordered gun stores to be closed while marijuana, liquor, and general retail stores stayed open.

What Berkowitz did was illegal – Alaska’s laws do not permit any level of government to shut down commerce, let alone shutter gun stores while retailers next door stayed open.

Not satisfied with the ability to take advantage of a crisis, legislators in the House decided that tyranny for all is better than tyranny for none.

You read that right.  When an amendment was offered to remove a line from the bill that creates the authority to shut down gun stores – along with every other store – was offered, equity was their answer.

This was after hundreds of Alaskans called, emailed, and submitted their petitions to remove this poison-pill from this bill.

They’re trying to ignore you.

Email Representatives Now!

Speaking to the amendment, Representative McCabe (Big Lake) told his colleagues that, what was once a 2nd Amendment protection bill is now an equity in commerce bill.

But it’s really an equity in tyranny bill.

What started as a 2nd Amendment protection bill became an equity in commerce bill. But with newly created powers to shut down businesses, it becomes an equity in tyranny bill.

And with that, every Republican except Representative Eastman (Wasilla), and Representative Tomaszewski (Fairbanks), voted against the amendment that would prohibit the creation of new tyrannical powers.

You can see the tally here:

This bill is on course to steal more of your freedoms and liberties.

These subtle and seemingly small incremental steps add up to big margins over time, and that has consistently been the scheme of choice for the anti-gun zealots, driven to try and steal it all.

They intend to get away with it too.

You don’t have to let them.  You can amplify your voice and demand that they stop this anti-gun bill in its tracks.

You can add your voice to the hundreds of other Alaskans, telling your politician to correct their course.

You can do that by emailing them right now. It’s ready to go:

Email Representatives Now!

Or by calling one of these Representatives and letting them know to vote against this bill:

Rep. Jamie Allard 907-465-2995

Rep. Ben Carpenter 907-465-3779

Rep. Julie Coulombe 907-465-3879

Rep. Mike Cronk 907-465-4527

Rep. David Eastman 907-465-2186

Rep. Neal Foster 907-465-3789

Rep. Craig Johnson 907-465-3892

Rep. DeLena Johnson 907-465-4958

Rep. Kevin McCabe 907-465-2679

Rep. CJ McCormick 907-465-4942

Rep. Tom McKay 907-465-4993

Rep. Dan Ortiz 907-465-3824

Rep. Josiah Patkotak 907-465-3473

Rep. Mike Prax 907-465-4797

Rep. George Rauscher 907-465-4859

Rep. Justin Ruffridge 907-465-2693

Rep. Dan Saddler 907-465-3783

Rep. Laddie Shaw 907-465-4945

Rep. Will Stapp 907-465-3004

Rep. Louise Stutes 907-465-2487

Rep. Jesse Sumner 907-465-4833

Rep. Cathy Tilton 907-465-2199

Rep. Frank Tomaszewski 907-465-4457

Rep. Sarah Vance 907-465-2689

Rep. Stanley Wright 907-465-2095

This bill is scheduled to be voted on the House Floor Wednesday this week (May 3rd).

Now is a great time to make your voice heard in the defense of your Liberty.

Beware: The politicians and their staff will try and spin and confuse you, and tell you that this is actually a pro-2A gun bill!

They will attempt to tell you that it will protect the gun stores by accepting this Devil’s Bargain.

Stand firm!

Tell them that you aren’t interested in hearing their explanations and that you want them to represent you, as you are their constituent.

Tell them that you insist that your Representative protect your rights by voting against HB61!

Contact them right away by sending an email here, or calling above!

Email Representatives Now!

And if you haven’t already, consider chipping in to help spread the word! Or forward/share this page with friends and family!

Shutting Down Your Gun Store

Do you remember just three years ago, when crazed anti-gun petty tyrants shutdown the gun stores in Anchorage?

We fought that fight, and the stores that should never have been closed were re-opened.

Right now, legislation is being considered in our state legislature, that could either protect our rights (limit the government), or harm our liberties.

It is known as House Bill 61 (HB61).  The Senate companion legislation is SB63.

Both of these bills are being marketed as protecting your gun rights during times of emergency or disaster declarations. 

This is not true.

The proposed legislation claims to prevent gun stores and shooting ranges from being shut down by disaster declarations or emergency orders.

It actually does the opposite.  The legislation would give government the power to shut down gun stores and ranges, along with other stores and businesses. 

Both bills have the fatally flawed poison-pill phrasing. Starting page 1, line 15:

(4) unless the closure or limitation applies equally to all forms of commerce within the jurisdiction, closing or limiting the operating hours of…

The first half of that sentence gives government the authority to shutdown all commerce relating to firearms. 

Right now, the authority in state law to shutdown gun stores doesn’t exist.  This bill (as written) would add it into our law books.

Why is it okay to shutdown gun stores, as long as you close every other store at the same time?

It isn’t. This is unacceptable. 

It’s time to urge your legislator to reject the phrase: “unless the closure or limitation applies equally to all forms of commerce within the jurisdiction”.

This legislation claims to prevent gun stores and shooting ranges from being shut down by disaster declarations or emergency orders.

As it is currently written, it actually does the opposite. 

That specific language allows government to shut down gun stores and ranges, along with other stores and businesses.  

We’ve been communicating to the committees that heard this legislation, and they’ve all failed to fix it.

Now, it’s time to activate and urge the legislature to fix HB61.

It has been announced that it will be on the State House Floor on Monday. 

Right now, your legislator needs to hear from you!

You can reach out to your Representative and demand that they do the right thing and fix HB61.

Tell them to offer an amendment, or support an amendment on Monday to fix the bill.

Your message could be something as simple as:

Dear Representative,

I urge you to fix HB61 and remove the current flawed language that allows the government to shutdown gun stores (at the same time as all other commerce). 

Sincerely,

Call or email them now:

Representative Jamie Allard Representative.Jamie.Allard@akleg.gov        907-465-2995

Representative Ben Carpenter Representative.Ben.Carpenter@akleg.gov 907-465-3779

Representative Julie Coulombe Representative.Julie.Coulombe@akleg.gov 907-465-3879

Representative Mike Cronk Representative.Mike.Cronk@akleg.gov           907-465-4527

Representative David Eastman Representative.David.Eastman@akleg.gov 907-465-2186

Representative Neal Foster Representative.Neal.Foster@akleg.gov 907-465-3789

Representative Craig Johnson Representative.Craig.Johnson@akleg.gov 907-465-3892

Representative DeLena Johnson Representative.DeLena.Johnson@akleg.gov 907-465-4958

Representative Kevin McCabe Representative.Kevin.McCabe@akleg.gov 907-465-2679

Representative CJ McCormick Representative.CJ.McCormick@akleg.gov 907-465-4942

Representative Tom McKay Representative.Tom.McKay@akleg.gov 907-465-4993

Representative Dan Ortiz Representative.Dan.Ortiz@akleg.gov 907-465-3824

Representative Josiah Patkotak Representative.Josiah.Patkotak@akleg.gov 907-465-3473

Representative Mike Prax Representative.Mike.Prax@akleg.gov 907-465-4797

Representative George Rauscher Representative.George.Rauscher@akleg.gov 907-465-4859

Representative Justin Ruffridge Representative.Justin.Ruffridge@akleg.gov 907-465-2693

Representative   Dan Saddler Representative.Dan.Saddler@akleg.gov 907-465-3783

Representative Laddie Shaw Representative.Laddie.Shaw@akleg.gov 907-465-4945

Representative Will Stapp Representative.Will.Stapp@akleg.gov 907-465-3004

Representative Louise Stutes Representative.Louise.Stutes@akleg.gov 907-465-2487

Representative Jesse Sumner Representative.Jesse.Sumner@akleg.gov 907-465-4833

Representative Cathy Tilton Representative.Cathy.Tilton@akleg.gov  907-465-2199

Representative Frank Tomaszewski Representative.Frank.Tomaszewski@akleg.gov 907-465-4457

Representative Sarah Vance Representative.Sarah.Vance@akleg.gov 907-465-2689

Representative Stanley Wright Representative.Stanley.Wright@akleg.gov 907-465-2095

And if none of those listed are your representative (or you’re not sure who is), reach out to the Speaker’s office and urge Speaker Tilton to fix HB61:

Representative Cathy Tilton Representative.Cathy.Tilton@akleg.gov  907-465-2199

Now is the time to let your voice be heard.

Time to step up and use your 1st Amendment right to defend your 2nd!

Gun-Grab Schemes Introduced in Juneau

As we expected, the anti-gun zealots introduced their legislation in Juneau this month.

They’re aiming to take away your gun rights through gun-confiscation schemes like so called “Red-Flag” laws and the “Home-Invasion Incentive Act.”

Red-flag laws strip gun owners of their constitutional rights to keep and bear arms while violating several other fundamental constitutional rights, robbing them of their due process rights, and leaving them with almost no recourse.

It is a gun-grab scheme ripe for abuses as well as being blatantly unconstitutional.

It violates multiple articles in the Bill of Rights and will be used to deprive innocent people of their rights, victimizing them and making them more likely to be further victimized in the future.

This is the history of this law, as shown in every other state that has passed it or similar legislation.

This year, it was introduced as HB162 in Juneau.

Also introduced, the “Home-Invasion Incentive Act,” gives criminals, thugs, and home invaders significant advantages when law-abiding owners lock away their firearms.

It would require that guns being stored or transported be in a locked container.

This adds an undue burden on a victim, who really can’t afford the extra seconds required under a high-stress situation, to try and manipulate a locked safe when their home is being invaded!

Enforcement of this law would make victims and criminals out of law-abiding gun owners; while giving criminals, thugs, and home invaders, significant advantages when committing violent crime sprees.

This year, it was introduced as HB164.

If you signed one of our petitions opposing Red-Flag gun confiscation, or the petition opposing the Home-Invasion Incentive Act, thank you!

By you adding your voice to thousands of other voices, using your 1st Amendment right, you are helping to build a bulwark to protect your 2nd Amendment rights!

We’ve been educating thousands of Alaskans on the dangers of these schemes, and with your continued support, we’ll continue mobilizing good people against the schemes of these gun-grabbers!

We’ll continue to keep you informed of these developments and opportunities to participate in defending our liberties.

I’m grateful for your help in this fight!

Voting to Kill

It was utterly shameful.

Representative Kevin McCabe, the freshman representative from Big Lake (R), voted against your 2nd Amendment rights this spring.

Rep. McCabe and his cohorts voting to table(kill) pro-2nd Amendment language

He joined in with a bunch of anti-gun democrats and RINOs, to vote to kill (table) a pro-2A amendment to the State’s budget.

This amendment would prevent the University of Alaska from enforcing so-called “gun-free” zones on the campus, thus not allowing “Campus Carry”, and continuing to enforce “Criminal Safety Zones” on campus.

This is a deep betrayal of his oath to protect and defend YOUR 2nd Amendment rights.

To add insult to injury, he completely broke his word that he gave to our members to support the anti-red flag act (House Bill 152).

Not only did he refuse to support it, as he promised on his candidate survey he would, he actually worked to undermine and oppose it actively on the House Floor!

His collaboration with the anti-gun zealots was a betrayal of the highest order.

What is even more bizarre, is that he still claims to be pro-gun!

Nearly immediately (two days) after the vote, he was shouting at our members at a gun show in Big Lake, claiming that we were lying.

The votes don’t lie Kevin.

He was the only member of the Mat-Su Valley’s representation in Juneau to vote yes to table/kill the amendment which would have allowed Campus Carry.

He seems to be completely detached from the reality of his actions and votes.

Please add your name to those calling him to accountability here.

If Mr. McCabe has an ounce of integrity left, he should resign.

Stalwart Defender of the 2nd Amendment

Representative Eastman is a stalwart Defender of the 2nd Amendment.

He has voted to protect Gun Rights at every opportunity, without compromising to the demands of anti-gun extremists.

He has sponsored and co-sponsored pro-gun legislation throughout his tenure in office.

He is endorsed by the NRA, the National Association for Gun Rights, the Alaska Outdoor Council, and Alaska Gun Rights!

Vote for a proven Pro-Gun Champion!

Fire Grier!

Grier is running from his bad record against Gun Rights!

He has consistently betrayed the 2nd Amendment during his tenure in office.

Co-Sponsored Red-Flag Gun Confiscation: HB122

(Then Flip-Flopped, when he started running for re-election, and withdrew his co-sponsorship)

Voted to put ANTI-Gun radicals in charge of the House in 2019 and 2021.

He has repeatedly voted against Pro-Gun Budget Amendments:
Amendment 30 to HB69 and Amendment 37 to HB69 and Amendment 46 to HB281

You can take additional action by calling him out for his bad behavior on our Wall of Shame Action page here.

Frank Tomaszewski has returned his Alaska Gun Rights Survey 100% Pro-Gun!

UPDATE

As of May 2023, Frank Tomaszewski has since betrayed the 2nd Amendment and your gun rights, by voting to allow government to shut down gun stores. You can see more details at this Wall of Shame page here.

Tim Flip-Flops on Gun Rights

Of course it’s election season and he’s trying to spin spin spin… and misdirection.

Assemblymember Hale, voted for the anti-gun range ordinance repeatedly (before he voted to repeal it).

He voted to back Vern Halter’s shenanigans, when he “vetoed” the repeal initially, and he voted to sustain his “veto”. https://matanuska.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4330255&GUID=A19BACC9-D40C-4AA9-9BF3-DDC3AAD7F24C

Only because he has felt the heat of the grassroots holding him accountable, has he attempted to change his tune, after seeing his co-conspirators lose their own elections last year, and the repeal of the anti-gun range ordinance was inevitable.

He’s attempting to placate and spin the people.

You can see his bad behavior at these links: https://alaskagunrights.org/mat-su-borough-ignores-the-will-of-the-people-intends-to-trample-on-gun-rights/

And here: https://alaskagunrights.org/wall-of-shame-matsu-borough-assembly-2020/

And here: https://alaskagunrights.org/protect-mat-su-gun-ranges/

One vote against the 2nd Amendment is one vote too many!

Stephanie Flip Flops on Gun Rights

Of course it’s election season and she’s trying to spin spin spin… and misdirection.

Assemblymember Nowers, voted for the anti-gun range ordinance repeatedly (before she voted to repeal it).

She voted to back Vern Halter’s shenanigans, when he “vetoed” the repeal initially, and she voted to sustain his “veto”. https://matanuska.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4330255&GUID=A19BACC9-D40C-4AA9-9BF3-DDC3AAD7F24C

Only because she has felt the heat of the grassroots holding her accountable, has she attempted to change her tune, after seeing her co-conspirators lose their own elections last year, and the repeal of the anti-gun range ordinance was inevitable.

She’s attempting to placate and spin the people.

You can see her bad behavior at these links: https://alaskagunrights.org/mat-su-borough-ignores-the-will-of-the-people-intends-to-trample-on-gun-rights/

https://alaskagunrights.org/wall-of-shame-matsu-borough-assembly-2020/

https://alaskagunrights.org/protect-mat-su-gun-ranges/

One vote against the 2nd Amendment is one vote too many!

Pro 2A Candidate Needed!

You deserve a pro-gun Assemblymember on your Mat-Su Assembly.

Assemblymember Nowers, has voted for the anti-gun range ordinance repeatedly.

You can see her bad behavior at these links: https://alaskagunrights.org/mat-su-borough-ignores-the-will-of-the-people-intends-to-trample-on-gun-rights/

https://alaskagunrights.org/wall-of-shame-matsu-borough-assembly-2020/

https://alaskagunrights.org/protect-mat-su-gun-ranges/

This shameful attack on your Gun Rights must be stopped.

We are looking for a pro-gun candidate to stand up and file to run for this seat.

If you live in Assembly District 2, you could be that person.

Reach out to us here, and we’ll provide you with information about how to get started:

Candidate filing has closed.