The governor signs a bill to ensure VPSOs can carry guns

FAIRBANKS- Governor Sean Parnell signed a bill that ensures Village Public Safety Officers can carry guns. Parnell says that giving VPSOs more resources will make rural Alaskans safer. He signed the bill Friday and it will take effect in 90 days. Before carrying a gun, a VPSO will receive training through the State Trooper Academy in Sitka. Their firearm training and psychological screening will be the same as State Troopers and city police. The bill was first introduced in 2013, after a VPSO was shot and killed in Manokotak, AK. The state house and senate passed the bill unanimously during the last legislative session.