For us Alaskans, that's a good thing. It allows us to travel "outside" without fear of violating some other state's arcane or byzantine law simply for possessing a defensive firearm. Of course, still research before you go to ensure you don't enter a bank, restaurant, or other locally prohibited place. This is especially big for military personnel who are stationed outside the state.
Sen Murkowski has a NRA "A" rating, so I don' t think we need to worry about her. The NRA wrote:
Lisa Murkowski—an Alaskan by both birth and belief—has distinguished herself as a reliable and trustworthy friend of law-abiding firearms owners. She has earned an “A” rating from NRA-PVF...
In fact, Sen. Murkowski is exactly the kind of person we need in Washington.
However, I do suggest writing Sen Begich and asking him to support Senate Amendment No. 1618 to the Defense Appropriations Bill S.1390. He's got an A rating as well and I think he's pretty safe, but it doesn't hurt to remind our Senators in Blue that the voters are watching and it may give him some influence within the party ("Hey, we need to keep pushing the RKBA because otherwise our constituents will roast us!").
I'd prefer to see widespread Vermont/AK style carry, but I don't think paragraph 2 allows that... Or does it?
(1) a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, and who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm, may carry a concealed firearm in any State other than the State of residence of the person that–...
(2) a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, and who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides otherwise than as described in paragraph (1), may carry a concealed firearm in any State other than the State of residence of the person that–...The method described in paragraph 1 says that if you have a photo ID and a CCW license issued by the state, then you're good. Para 2 says that if you're allowed to carry "otherwise than as described" then you're also good. I wonder if this includes VT/AK style carry or if its really for cops, etc.
On one hand this is bad as it corrals everyone into nationwide licensing (i.e., identifying all gun owners who feel strongly about the issue and regularly carry), but on a practical level this is very good for the RKBA. Its definitely worth supporting.