WHEREAS, Alaskans enjoy countless outdoors activities year round. From hiking to hunting, many of those activities involve the use of firearms; and
WHEREAS, countless Alaskans rely on and take pride in the ability to utilize firearms to feed and protect their families, which in many, has instilled a great passion for firearms; and
WHEREAS, it is vitally important in activities where firearms are involved that the Alaskans who participate are well-trained and knowledgeable of safe practices; and
WHEREAS, countless Alaskans, young and old, participate in target shooting, which is an efficient and enjoyable way to practice and learn safe firearm handling; and
WHEREAS, shooting sports programs and instruction by trained firearm instructors affirm the role of local communities as the primary teacher of the rule of law and personal responsibility; and
WHEREAS, sportsmen and hunters teach others to understand the responsibilities of owning and using a firearm while also working to ensure that our natural resources are safeguarded; and
WHEREAS, the shooting sports industry contributes greatly to Alaska’s economy and provides employment to many Alaskans; and
WHEREAS, Alaska is a diverse state with many opportunities to explore the outdoors and enjoy the benefits of its resources, from berry picking to moose hunting, life in Alaska is never dull. Alaska’s people are grateful for firearms and the activities and resources they can provide when utilized in a safe and responsible manner.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim August 2020 as:
Shooting Sports Month
in Alaska, and encourage all interested Alaskans to participate in shooting sports programs in order to learn about safe firearm practices and the many benefits firearms can provide in the Last Frontier.