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North Dakota: “Shall Certify” Legislation to be Voted on in the State Senate Today

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

North Dakota: “Shall Certify” Legislation to be Voted on in the State Senate Today

Your immediate help is needed to ensure passage of this important pro-gun legislation!

This afternoon, the North Dakota Senate will vote on Senate Bill 2274, critical NRA-backed “shall certify” legislation.  SB 2274, introduced by Senator Kelly Armstrong (R-36), would require that a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign an application for the acquisition or transfer of any item regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA), including short barreled rifles/shotguns and suppressors, within thirty days, so long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving it.

This legislation will impose reasonable deadlines and ensure that individuals who are lawfully seeking to transfer an NFA item are able to do so in an expeditious manner.  Some CLEOs simply refuse to sign such forms, and nothing in current law prohibits this, even if the applicant’s receipt of the NFA item would not be contrary to law and the CLEO has no information that the applicant intends to use the NFA item for an unlawful purpose.   SB 2274 will prevent an arbitrary personal bias from determining North Dakota firearm policy and ensure that qualified, law-abiding North Dakotans will not be denied their ability to legally own NFA items.  The reforms in SB 2274 benefit law-abiding Second Amendment supporters by ensuring that the process to obtain NFA items already legal in North Dakota remains consistent, fact-based and objective.

Yesterday, SB 2274 unanimously received a “do pass” recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be considered and voted on by the full Senate today.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator immediately and urge him or her to vote in support of SB 2274 when it’s brought before them this afternoon.  Tell your state Senator that this is an important protection for gun owners and sportsmen in North Dakota. 

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