House committee moves officer firearms bill

Mar 04, 2014 -- 11:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The House Finance Committee unanimously moved a bill Tuesday allowing for village public safety officers to carry a firearm while on duty. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, a Democrat from Dillingham, was in response to an officer being killed in the line of duty last year. If passed, the program for sending the village officers through the Alaska State Troopers Academy in Sitka could begin as early as March 28. The officers are employees of nonprofits and are not state employees. They are under the supervision of the Alaska State Troopers. Under the bill, nonprofits are allowed to have their officers carry firearms. The role of a village officer is seen as a first responder to a village's emergency needs. The bill moves to the House Rules Committee.

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