North Dakota Democrats Cut And Run From Gun Control Bills


Earlier today I wrote about two gun control bills submitted to the North Dakota legislature by Democrat Rep. Steve Zaiser yesterday. The bills, HB1415 and HB1416, would have banned “assault weapons” as well as magazines containing more than 10 rounds.

Those proposals are very much in keeping with what many Democrats, nationally, have called for but clearly Democrat legislative leadership here in North Dakota wasn’t comfortable even voting on the bills. Here’s video of House Minority Leader Kenton Onstand requesting that the bills be withdrawn from consideration before they got a committee hearing or a vote.

That’s a very unusual maneuver in a state were normally every bill introduced gets a committee hearing and a vote.

I asked a Republican legislator why Democrats would have pulled the bills and he answered, “Do you think Sen. Heitkamp would want to answer how she felt about someone from her party back home sponsoring those bills?”

Good point. North Dakota Democrats don’t want be seen going anywhere near the gun control issue.

Update: One Democrat legislator tells me the bill was pulled because most Dems were against it anyway:

Fair enough, but if that’s the case why not go on the record with a vote? There’s the rub, I think. They didn’t want to vote for it, but they didn’t want to be seen voting against it either.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • SusanBeehler

    I think this was a smart idea. Those bills were solutions looking for a problem.

    • SusanBeehler

      Republicans are also going to withdraw HB1160 which had to do with giving notices for renewals of your concealed weapon permit

      • Rob

        I think the only reason that’s being withdrawn is because, from what i’ve heard, they’re already sending out renewal notices.

        But I haven’t heard that it’s actually being withdrawn.

        • SusanBeehler

          From what it sounded like in the committee hearing, it was being addressed in another bill HB1327
          Rep Koppleman said it was being withdrawn in the hearing.

          • Lianne

            You’re right. This is from Section 7 of HB1327:
            3. The director of the bureau of criminal investigation shall send by mail to a holder of a license a notice of the procedures for renewal of the license issued under this section.
            The director shall give the notice at least one hundred fifty days but not more than one hundred eighty days before the expiration of the license.

          • Lianne

            Oops, I forgot my last little bit. There is a difference between removing a bill before it can be voted on and removing a duplicate.

          • SusanBeehler

            Or you could say they are introducing a more comprehensive bill.

        • $8194357

          They have sent me mine the last two times it came up for renewal six months in advance..

    • zipity

      Baloney. Banning guns totally is every Liberal Democrats wet dream. When they disarm the populace, they can then proceed to create their version of a Marxist Utopia. And why not? It worked out so well in China, Germany, USSR, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Cuba, etc., etc.

      The only reason they withdrew it is they knew it would be so unpopular that after the next round of ND Legislative elections, Democrats would end up with about as many elected state officials as the Green Party.

      • Roy_Bean

        That’s right, this way they can continue their lies about their opposition to gun control in the hopes of getting elected. It worked for Heidi, she ran as an anti Obama, middle of the road candidate until she got elected and now the truth comes out but it’s too late.

        • SusanBeehler

          What truth?

          • $8194357

            Leftist lemmings line up like geese and
            goose step toward the cliff.
            FORWARD comrade….

      • SusanBeehler

        I am not a Liberal Democrat and do not have wet dreams. Keep up your crazy talking and someone is going to take it serious and your dreams (nightmares) will come true. The feds will throw people in jail for treason and deem many mentally ill and take your guns, something many are claiming will happen and you will have played a role in self fulling prophecy. People create what they focus on.

        • $8194357

          ( People create what they focus on.)
          Oprah or Dr, Phil?

          • SusanBeehler

            say anything

        • Anti-NCAA

          Susan, were you ready to give testimony with that one lone democrat at the hearing? Ahhhh, too bad!

          • SusanBeehler

            Are’nt you a Supremacist? Gun violence is not a democratic or a republican issue, even though you want it to be a “political game.” I don’t even know who the lone democrat was, because it should not matter, they should be representing all North Dakotans! Do you think only republicans believe in our right to bear arms? Do you think only republicans take the oath to uphold the Constitution? Ahhh, too bad, we can’t all just be North Dakotans or even just Americans. This legislation needs to be thought out and not be done just because Montana, or Mississippi or some thing another state is doing. Where are the Libertarians crying this is “knee jerk” legislation and we don’t need more laws? Are you willing to pay the cost when little Johnny gets a hold of the “janitors” gun? Are you willing to not see justice served if law enforcement does not have the tools to do their job? This should not be a “political game.”

  • John_Wayne_American


    I was hoping they would vote on some of that stupidity so we could use it in a couple of years to remind folks how Dems/Commie/gungrabbers voted

    • Rob

      That’s exactly why they pulled the bills.

      They didn’t want to go on the record.

  • $8194357

    Barry did his version with the word “present”.


    The Democrats work in the shadows…they are all cowards!

    • camsaure

      I agree. That is exactly why they cut and ran from this bill, they do not want to be exposed for what they really are and believe.

      • $8194357

        The PC marxist ideological facade worked well for the last 100 years.
        Why change?

    • $8194357

      Ideological stealth destruction is their style..

  • C. Y.

    At the present time the BCI doesn’t send out notices when your CCW permit is about to expire. It’s up to the holder to apply w/in 180 days of expiration.

    • Rob

      A friend of mine said he gets reminders.

      Oh well, if they aren’t doing it’ they should be.