The Last Frontier state, Alaska, has now joined in to say that they will not allow the NDAA to be implemented on it’s 663,268 sq mi and some 731,000 citizens. This is one of the latest states to fight back against the NDAA, the attack on the 2nd Amendment, the REAL-ID Act of 2005, and even the Authorization for Use of Military Force (the authorization from Congress in 2001 that has been used as a justification for the War on Terror).
This bill seeks to prohibit the use of Alaska state assets to aid or implement a multitude of federal encroachment that may violate any of the first ten Amendments. Specifically it mentions a person’s right to bear arms (2nd Amendment), a person’s right to due process (5th Amendment), the REAL ID Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-13, Division B), National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (secs. 1021 and 1022, P.L. 112-81), National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (secs. 1021 – 1028, P.L. 112-239), and lastly the Authorization for Use of Military Force (P.L. 107-40). This bill is seeking to limit any Alaska funds, facilities, equipment, services, or other resources of a state agency to be used to strip its citizens of their rights but also to continue to participate in much of the War on Terror that has been ongoing since 2001.
Senator Coghill’s district has a strong base of libertarians and Constitutional Conservatives. Many of them have reportedly encouraged the Senator to introduce legislation that protects against federal overreach. He does not expect much resistance from his colleagues and believes that he may be able to garner bipartisan support. In his press release he is quoted to say, “Federal laws are very difficult to enforce without any help from the State” and also “we will defend Alaskans and their rights.”
Below are some action items you can do.
- Contact the Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee members – (Chair) Dyson, (Vice-Chair) Giessel, (Members) Coghill, Stedman, and Wielechowski - and urge them to pass it through committe.
- Find Senator Coghill on Facebook, friend him, and thank him for taking the initiative to protect his citizens from the Federal Government. Or alternatively, write or call Senator Coghill to thank and encuorage him.
- Write your Alaska Senator here to encourage them to co-sponsor or vote YEA on SB75.
- Log into LegiScan and track the bill’s progress.