North Dakota May Get Legislation Addressing Concealed Carry Permitting

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A credible source with ties to the law enforcement community writes to say that there may be a push for new legislation addressing concealed carry permitting in North Dakota for the legislative session starting next month.

My source emails:

I have heard rumblings the Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Association wants to push some new legislation on concealed weapons permits. I have not seen it and nothing has been prefiled, but it is something to keep an eye out for. …

What I could tell from the agenda is it appears like BCI is in the lead for drafting it, and they were most likely at this meeting seeking input and support.

Maybe it is nothing, but agency prefiles are due soon and I have not seen it pop into the system so that tells me they may be trying to keep it off the radar as long as they can.

If there is something in the works, it wouldn’t be surprising that they want to keep it off the radar. North Dakota is a very pro-gun state, and any new legislation perceived as making gun purchases, gun ownership and/or gun possession more difficult is likely to meet with serious opposition.

Last week I’d heard rumors from a source in the media that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was making noises about gun control. I emailed Stenehjem and he denied the rumors. “The only public comment on the topic that I’ve made lately was when I was in Fargo for the news conference on DUI legislation,” he told me in an email response. “One of the TV reporters asked about gun laws. I said I think ND has good legislation on the books now, and that they work well for us.”

That would seem to make it unlikely that Stenehjem is going to be a vocal proponent for tougher laws.

It’s obvious that gun control advocates, nationally, see the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting as an opening for them politically, but being anti-gun in North Dakota is a very risky proposition politically. It seems unlikely that the legislature would pass any new gun control laws, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they did end up voting on that sort of legislation.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • camsaure

    Well lets make damn sure that nothing gets under the radar, and if anyone does attempt to, make darn sure that they are exposed. The only flaws in NDs laws is that they are not free enough. The after dark rule is ridicules and the stand your ground provisions are weak. Thanks Rob, stay on top of this.

  • NDConcervative2011

    BCI is directly under the supervision of Wayne Stenehjem, and if the BCI is indeed taking a lead in drafting new legislation concerning concealed to carry and if the Attorney General has denied rumors, then there would be a problem with the credibility of the Attorney General.
    The one real problem with the legislature meeting is that legislation is often brought forward that is not needed. One would wonder why the police and sheriff associations would attempt to bring legislation forward when there are no problems in North Dakota concerning the concealed to carry laws.
    If any legislation is brought forward, it would appear that law enforcement associations are taking a knee jerk reaction to a non-existent problem. Maybe it’s a “Just do something” so we look good attitude.
    I hope the legislators leave well enough alone and not sign on nor sponsor any bill which may weaken our concealed to carry laws. Politics being politics, I’m afraid some misguided legislator will attempt to author a bill just to look good to the general public.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      BCI is directly under the supervision of Wayne Stenehjem, and if the BCI is indeed taking a lead in drafting new legislation concerning concealed to carry and if the Attorney General has denied rumors, then there would be a problem with the credibility of the Attorney General.

      Or maybe there is a push for gun control in the law enforcement community, but not from BCI or Stenehjem.

      • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

        Hopefully if you get wind of these gun haters you can expose them for us Rob… I don’t see gun laws getting much of a look this time around.

        • C. Y.

          I’m retired from ND law enforcement and you won’t be hearing anything from most of the rank & file people. Administrators, that’s another ball game entirely.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      The one real problem with the legislature meeting is that legislation is often brought forward that is not needed. One would wonder why the police and sheriff associations would attempt to bring legislation forward when there are no problems in North Dakota concerning the concealed to carry laws.

      It’s opportunism. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

  • Roy_Bean

    I will have a lot more confidence in faith healers when they start to do teeth and a lot more confidence in new gun laws when removing all the metal detectors from court houses is part of the law. They always propose these laws “to protect the children” but if the new laws are really that effective then why do they keep adding fortification to the halls of government? If the laws aren’t effective enough to protect them then why do they insist that we walk around defenseless?

  • nimrod

    I’m sure Ed Gruchalla would be more than happy to sponsor any anti-gun legislation.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Keep us informed Rob… They need to keep their hands off our guns. This isn’t some Liberal Utopia like Illinois, Michigan or Washington D.C.

  • Jeremiah Glosenger

    BCI has been working on some revisions to existing law, but from what I’ve heard it is more on the technical/ administrative side–not trying to limit our rights. There are issues with overburdened local police agencies not wanting to have to sign the hundreds or thousands of CCW permit applications coming in. New law would have them sent directly to BCI to avoid the burden on local law enforcement. I’m not aware of anything restrictive and doubt any restrictions would fly at this time. If anybody attempts it, I’ll help make them infamous.

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