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North Dakota: State of Emergency Protection Bill Advances to Senate Floor, Pro-Hunting Legislation Signed into Law

Friday, March 29, 2013

Today, House Bill 1467, important “Emergency Powers” protection legislation was unanimously approved by the state Senate Government and Veteran Affairs Committee and will soon be considered on the Senate floor.  This NRA-backed bill, introduced by state Representative Karen Karls (R-35), passed in the House by a 76-17 vote on February 25.

Please call and e-mail your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 1467, which is crucial for your inherent right to self-defense.  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

HB 1467 would prohibit the state or any government agency, during a declared state of emergency, from prohibiting or restricting the otherwise lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage or display of a firearm or ammunition; seizure or confiscation of a lawfully possessed firearm; or requiring registration of a firearm or ammunition for which registration is not otherwise required by law.

This legislation would protect law-abiding citizens of North Dakota from experiencing a violation of their constitutional rights reminiscent of what occurred in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, where law-abiding citizens were stripped of their lawfully owned firearms by overzealous government officials leaving them defenseless and unable to protect their families and property.

Furthermore, an important pro-hunting reform, House Bill 1282, sponsored by state Representative Joe Heilman (R-45), was signed into law on March 27 by Governor Jack Dalrymple (R).  HB 1282 codifies in state statute the practice of using lawfully possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms while hunting.  HB 1282 passed in the state House by a 90-2 vote on January 31 and in the state Senate by a 29-17 vote on March 18.  Thank you to all state legislators who voted for HB 1282 and to Governor Dalrymple for signing this pro-hunting measure into law.

Your calls and e-mails made a difference!  Thank you for taking the time to contact your elected officials in support of HB 1282.

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