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Proper Alaska Attire – Pandering to Indians

Proper Alaska Attire – Pandering to Indians

Alaska was the first state to adopt carry laws modeled after Vermont’s (normally referred to as “Vermont Carry”), in which no license is required to carry a handgun either openly or concealed. However, permits are still issued to residents for purposes such as reciprocity with other states[1] and exemption from the Federal Gun Free School Zone Act.[2] The term “Alaska Carry” has been used to describe laws which require no license to carry handguns openly or concealed but licenses are still available for those who want them. Some city ordinances do not permit concealed carry without a concealed carry license, but these have been invalidated by the recent state preemption statute.[3]

Alaska restricts people from carrying guns in any place where alcohol is served for on-site consumption (with the exemption of restaurants that serve alcohol, if you are not drinking), schools, domestic violence shelters, courts, and correctional institutions. A person carrying a concealed gun in Alaska, when contacted by a police officer is required by law to inform the officer they are carrying and cooperate if the officer chooses to temporarily seize the gun for the length of the encounter. The possession of any firearm while intoxicated is illegal.

Political instability is a major impediment to business and investment on First Nations reserves in Canada. It is a problem right up there with land ownership restrictions and lack of access to capital.
This is also a problem identified on Native American reservations as well.
This piece by the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) identifies some of the obstacles faced by one Las Vegas developer who wanted to develop a project along the Grand Canyon with the Hualapai Indian tribe.
The lack of confidence in tribal business and legal practices was the major obstacle and prevented the investment.
This quote by Nancy Vermeulen, a banker in Billings, Mont., to Forbes says it all: “We take on such a huge extra risk with someone from the reservation. If I knew contracts would be enforced, then I could do a lot more business there.”
The federal government has brought forward reforms to improve legal certainties surrounding reserve lands. First Nations and the government need to work closer together to overcome these obstacles in order for these communities to improve.

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