Earlier this week, we broke the news about a bill set to be heard during the 2019 Legislative Session that seeks to prohibit state agencies, political subdivisions, and law enforcement of the state from participating in the implementation, administration, or operation of a firearm buyback program. You can check out the details here.
I can now report that this piece of legislation has been assigned a bill number. It is House Bill 1381. You will be able to track the bill on the North Dakota Legislative Branch website. As you can see, its list of sponsors is impressive:
- Rep. Luke Simons (R – District 36)
- Rep. Rick Becker (R – District 7)
- Rep. Sebastian Ertelt (R – District 26)
- Rep. Daniel Johnston (R – District 24)
- Rep. Terry Jones (R – District 4)
- Rep. Jim Kasper (R – District 46)
- Rep. Ben Koppelman (R – District 16)
- Rep. Kim Koppelman (R – District 13)
- Rep. Aaron McWilliams (R – District 20)
- Rep. Dan Ruby (R – District 38)
- Rep. Matthew Ruby (R – District 40)
- Senator Oley Larsen (R – District 3)
We express our appreciation for these legislators and invite you to stand with them in supporting HB 1381. When the bill is assigned for a committee hearing, please contact the members of the committee and ask them to give this a Do Pass recommendation. If possible, we’d even encourage you to attend the hearing in person. Our hope is that the bill will not be tinkered with during the committee process.
As movements continue across the nation to conduct gun buyback programs, North Dakota has an opportunity to get ahead of the game by drawing a line in the sand. We can send a clear message that these programs are not in harmony with the proper role of government.