**URGENT ACTION NEEDED** Contact Your Senators TODAY on Key Gun Bills!

PLEASE Share this Message From the Bastiat Caucus:

March 14th was the second "Gun Lobby Day" at the North Dakota State Capitol. There were SIX critically important gun rights bills heard before the Senate Judiciary. Below is a comprehensive list of the bills heard today. PLEASE contact the committee and your senator and ask them to support these bills.

HB 1169

Rep. Rick Becker’s bill allows for “constitutional carry” in North Dakota. This means that, provided you meet the same qualifications a Class 2 CWL would, and posses a valid state ID card, you may carry concealed without a permit. This critically important bill reaffirms the true intent of the Second Amendment. It has been endorsed by the NRA.

HB 1190

Rep. Rick Becker’s bill allows law-abiding, concealed-carry (CWL) permit holders permission to carry their weapon on property owned or leased by the state if authorized by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Governor, Speaker of the House, or President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

HB 1273

Rep. Ben Koppelman’s allows churches to decide whether or not they want to allow CWL on their premises. Currently, all churches are restricted regardless of their preferences. It removes the requirement for law enforcement to be notified because a church decides to allow an individual to carry concealed in a place of worship. However, it still requires approval by that place of worship. This bill corrects an egregious violation of property rights.

HB 1279

Rep. Ben Koppelman’s bill removes restrictions against law-abiding public employees who are gun owners for carrying or storing firearms in or one the premises of government buildings, provided they receive permission from the building’s managing authority.

HB 1310

Rep. Dwight Kiefert’s bill creates a first armed responder program for qualified law enforcement or former law enforcement individuals to help protect children in North Dakota schools. Virtually all mass shootings in recent decades have occurred in dangerous, gun-free zones in which law-abiding citizens or other designated defenders are less common than they should be.

HB 1233

Rep. Kim Koppelman’s bill greatly expands the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves at public gatherings, as well as better streamlining the process and ease by which they can upgrade to a class 2 CWL license.

These bills will NOT be voted on this date. So, there will be further time to contact your senators after Tuesday. However, we’d STRONGLY recommend that you contact the members of the Senate Judiciary ASAP and politely ask them to support ‘DO PASS’ votes on each of these bills.

You can contact the committee members here:
karmstrong@nd.gov, dklarson@nd.gov, lluick@nd.gov, jmyrdal@nd.gov, cnelson@nd.gov, aosland@nd.gov

https://www.legis.nd.gov/lcn/assembly/constituentViews/public/findmylegislator.htm

Source:
1. http://bastiatcaucus.org/legislation
2. Bastiat Caucus Facebook Page

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