Alaskans may be better versed on the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment supporting gun rights than they are on other amendments in the Bill of Rights.
Alaskans, it seems, have an outsized fondness for firearms.
This is the original text of the Second Amendment: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
For decades, advocates and opponents of wholesale gun rights have debated whether the amendment only applies to a “well-regulated militia” like the National Guard, or is a personal right that every person has.
“I think people need to understand how that sentence is constructed,“ says Eddie Grasser, one of Alaska’s foremost gun-rights advocates. He says the sentence implies that Second Amendment rights belong to the individual.
by Richard Mauer