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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:45 pm | Updated: 12:58 pm, Fri Mar 1, 2013.

JUNEAU — The Alaska House approved a resolution Wednesday that calls on President Barack Obama to rescind 23 executive actions he filed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

House Joint Resolution 4, sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, opposes the executive actions related to guns, criminal background checks and mental health issues.

Millett said the resolution sends “a clear and concise” message to Washington, D.C., arguing that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t right for Alaska.

Other legislators offered support for the mental health components of the president’s orders, but the House declined to endorse them. Millett and others argued that such action would dilute the opposition to the president’s actions.

The bill passed on 35-1 vote, with Anchorage Democrat Andy Josephson as the lone dissenter.

The resolution is the second time this week that the House has voted to support firearms. On Monday, the House approved legislation that would exempt certain firearms from federal laws and make it a crime for federal agents to enforce new firearm regulations in Alaska.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544 and follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.


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