JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A recent deadly shooting at a Florida high school is prompting Alaska lawmakers to review a bill that would let authorities temporarily take guns from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.
The bill has been pending for over a year but is just getting attention now.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Matt Claman says formal requests must be made for a bill to be heard and he doesn’t think one was made until after the shooting.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Geran Tarr, a fellow Anchorage Democrat, says she thought a request was submitted last year but is glad the measure is getting a hearing.
The bill was introduced in 2017, after an Anchorage man was charged in the shooting deaths of five people at a Florida airport.