HB 199 would allow Village Public Safety Officers to carry guns while on duty
Supporters say it’s a vital safety issue
Opponents say VPSOs are not Alaska State Troopers, and don’t go through same tough hiring and training process
A measure to allow Village Public Safety Officers to carry firearms in the line of duty took a big step forward on Monday when it was passed by the Alaska House.
The controversial measure would allow VPSOs who meet training standards to carry firearms while on duty.
- Supporters say the measure is an important element in allowing the remote law enforcement officers to protect themselves.
- Opponents argue that VPSOs are not Alaska State Troopers but are hired by the over-seeing area Native association and do not receive the same employment screening and training standards that troopers do.
House Bill 199 will now be forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
Good comments in summary of meeting on HB199. Lots of good comments from both sides of the issue. Worth ready through to get an overview of different perspectives from testimony and comments during informational hearing. Will open PDF document.
(Note: Sad photos of children at funeral. Regardless of a person’s stand on the guns and VPSOs issue, it is heartbreaking to see those who dedicate themselves to protecting us be shot down. Especially sad to think of family left behind–Maggie.)
VPSOs are not Troopers — Editorial in Fairbanks Daily News Miner
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