Yesterday, House Bill 1467, important “Emergency Powers” protection legislation passed in the Senate by a 44-3 vote. This NRA-backed bill, introduced by state Representative Karen Karls (R-35), already passed in the House by a 76-17 vote on February 25. HB 1467 will now go to Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) for his expected signature.
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.
House Bill 1283 recently passed in both chambers and also has been sent to Governor Dalrymple for his approval. HB 1283, sponsored by state Representative Kim Koppelman (R-13), as amended, would allow concealed weapons permit (CWP) holders to carry their lawfully possessed firearms in a church building or other place of worship with permission from the primary religious leader.
Please e-mail Governor Dalrymple and respectfully encourage him to sign into law House Bills 1467 and 1283. Click here to send him an e-mail.