North Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Self-Defense Legislative Items

On April 3, 2023, North Dakota’s Judiciary Committee heard and passed House Bills 1339 and 1340, which would improve Second Amendment rights in North Dakota. These bills are currently in the full Senate for additional consideration. 

House Bill 1339 would scrap the requirement that individuals asserting their constitutional carry rights must possess a North Dakota driver’s license or ID card at least 30 days old. Instead, the NRA noted that this legislation would extend this license provision to valid driver’s licenses or ID cards from any state. This guarantees that all lawful citizens can exercise their right to carry whether they live in North Dakota, just moved in the state, or are just visiting.

House Bill 1340 bolsters North Dakota’s firearm preemption law, which declares that the State Legislature is the only political body in the state that has the power to regulate firearms. This bars local governments from establishing a patchwork of gun control laws in the state and allows for gun owners to exercise their rights in every part of the state. 

North Dakota is already one of the most pro-gun states in the nation. According to Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owners rankings, North Dakota is ranked in an impressive 6th place.The passage of these new bills will only improve North Dakota’s pro-gun profile. 

Despite all of the leftist insanity taking place in the US, there are still pockets of the country that have sane policies that uphold American freedoms. 

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