Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, disagreed.
"Sometimes statements by themselves are important," she said. Look at the marijuana liberalization laws various states now have on the books, which contradict federal drug laws, she said. "Sometimes the feds do blink."
Tuck, the only member of the Democratic minority who has signed on as a co-sponsor, said in an interview that the Legislature needs to step up for Second Amendment gun rights.
"We're unique up here. We still live off the land, primarily," said Tuck, who owns a couple of rifles and enjoys shooting -- his team placed second in a competition last year --though he isn't a regular hunter himself.
For decades, Congress has relied on the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution to regulate guns. Chenault's bill declares that if a gun is possessed in Alaska, the interstate commerce provision does not apply.
One of the Legislature's lawyers, Kathleen Strasbaugh, advised Chenault in a memo last month that his bill "is largely unconstitutional." When federal and state laws conflict, the federal law is supreme, she noted.
Guns can be bought and sold across state lines, so even someone manufacturing homemade machine guns is subject to federal control, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
Richard Svobodny, deputy attorney general over the criminal division, said a California case dating to the Gold Rush era involving a U.S. marshal established that if a federal agent is charged with a state crime in the line of duty, the case will be moved to federal court.
"That's called removal of jurisdiction," he said.
If the Legislature backs the bill, the courts will decide whether it will hold up, says Chenault, who owns many guns including semi-automatic weapons.
He is familiar with pushing the rules.
Last week, a reporter asked why the Legislature would consider allowing armed school employees when in the Capitol, only law enforcement officers can carry guns.
"There are guns in this Capitol," Chenault answered. "They are probably in almost every building." He said he knows of a teacher who carries a gun at school.
"When people are concerned about their safety, that's the atmosphere that you breed."
House Bill 69 now goes to the Rules Committee.