JUNEAU -- Alaska would have an official state firearm under a measure introduced by a Wasilla Republican. Sen. Charlie Huggins' bill would reserve that title for the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 .30-06 caliber rifle.
Huggins says the rifle played a key role in settling country and was used by hunters, trappers, Alaska Natives and pioneers during Alaska's formative years. He says the Model 70 is also well-built and reliable, and he says it carries enough "stopping power" to be useful in a crisis situation.
At least one other legislator, Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel, of Anchorage, has signed on in support of the bill, introduced Friday.
The bill, SB 105, has been referred to the State Affairs and Finance committees for consideration.