Alaska, and 21 other states, are supporting the Nation Rifle Association in a lawsuit against the federal government. The case, which is before the Supreme Court, will decide whether a federal ban on selling handguns to anyone under the age of 21 is constitutional.
While Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty signed on the amicus brief, the effort was led by Alabama. The filing argues that law discriminates against 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds, who states would otherwise allow to buy handguns.
Previously, a federal judge in Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the federal government, upholding the ban.
- September 4, 2015- The eruption was the largest in the 20th Century and created the Valley of 10,000 Smokes in what is now Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula.
- September 3, 2015- "I say bravo for the trapper. The state won’t do what’s right. He should do what’s right," says Pete Buist, spokesman for the Alaska Trappers Association.
- September 3, 2015- On Twitter, over email lists, and in wry internal reports, journalists complained about a lack of legitimate opportunities to question the administration’s policies.
- September 3, 2015- As a regional hub for 10 remote villages about 30 miles above the Arctic Circle, Kotzebue is where Obama came closest to actually seeing the communities he’s touted throughout his trip as being imperiled by climate change.