House Bill 1438 passed in the North Dakota House of Representatives by a resounding 82 to 12 margin on Monday, February 21. This victory came despite the aggressive lobbying efforts waged by big business lobbyists who want to strongly restrict stored firearms in locked private vehicles. HB 1438 now heads to the state Senate where it will be given a committee hearing and then a floor vote.
Sponsored by state Representative Scot Kelsh (D-11), HB 1438 would allow North Dakota employees to store their firearms in locked personal vehicles on publicly accessible parking lots without fear of being fired. HB 1438 is extremely important to hunters, target shooters and concealed weapons permit holders. Businesses have no legitimate interest in micromanaging the lawful contents of one's private vehicle.
Powerful big business lobbying groups will continue their onslaught, and the NRA is depending on our members to make their voices heard in defense of the Second Amendment. Please contact your state Senator today and let him or her know that you support HB 1438. You can contact your state Senator by clicking here. If you need help identifying your state Senator, click here.
Thank you to all NRA members who contacted their state Representative and made a difference in securing House passage of this important Second Amendment legislation. Please continue to monitor www.NRAILA.org for updates including committee hearing schedules.