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Matt Evans: A Good Week For Gun Rights In The North Dakota House

Matt Evans: A Good Week For Gun Rights In The North Dakota House

This week, 3 different bills that I’d characterize as “pro gun owner” passed the North Dakota House of Representatives.  Here’s my run down. HB1219 seems like a pretty low impact bill.  It makes some minor clarifications about how violent felons may or may not have their gun rights restored, and clarifies some timelines and procedures

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Bill To Let Politicians Carry Concealed In Public Buildings Fails On Narrow Vote

Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) wanted to improve security in North Dakota’s public buildings by allowing elected officials to carry concealed. To that end he introduced HB1257. Currently concealed carry isn’t allowed at all in the state’s public buildings, up to and including the capitol. Koppelman’s bill, as amended, would have allowed elected and appointed

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Matt Evans: The Myth of the Unarmed Man

“God created men; Samuel Colt made them equal” — attributed to Colt Firearms Advertising If you’ve been paying attention to the Michael Brown shooting story from Ferguson, MO, you’ve no doubt heard that he was unarmed. Years ago, you also heard that Trayvon Martin was unarmed. In these cases, the media seems to have focused

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North Dakota Concealed Carry Permits Down In 2013

Between 2005 and and 2012 there was a 479 percent increase in the number of North Dakota concealed carry permits issued. Applications for permits were so hot and heavy that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office was having problems keeping up. State law requires that the AG’s office rule on a permit within sixty days, but

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Should The Federal Government Be Able To Ban Undetectable Firearms?

Earlier this week, with little fanfare, the US House passed an extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act, a 25-year old piece of legislation which pretty much does what the title suggests. It makes guns designed to avoid detection illegal. It passed by an overwhelming bi-partisan voice vote, so there’s no record of how any given

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Blacks Benefit From “Stand Your Ground’ Law

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict, the focus of the left has switched from the racial narrative of the case to an anti-gun narrative. Specifically, Attorney General Eric Holder and others are taking aim at so-called “stand your ground” laws suggesting that they give armed citizens the right to shoot first and

Adam Kokesh in custody on drug and weapons charges

BUSTED: Adam Kokesh, a former Santa Fe resident and gun rights advocate, is facing drug and weapons charges in Fairfax County, Va. Photo from a Kokesh YouTube video. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog Adam Kokesh has been called a hero, a nut job and a potentially dangerous provocateur. He’ a former Santa Fe

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Now That Illinois Has Finally Legalized Concealed Carry, What Happens If Crime Rates Fall?

Thanks to federal court rulings, all states are required to allow concealed carry of firearms. Today Illinois became the final state to come into compliance with the passage of the “Firearm Concealed Carry Act,” which is a “shall issue” law that allows anyone filling out the form and meeting the basic requirements to get a

Becker’s proposed law against gun destruction deserves passage

By Tom Blumer | For Ohio Watchdog Ohio state Rep. John Becker, R-District 65, has a compelling idea to raise money for cash-strapped municipalities. Instead of destroying perfectly functional firearms, sell ‘em. Becker, whose district encompasses the northwestern half of Clermont County in southwestern Ohio, notes most law enforcement agencies melt down guns seized from criminals

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Giffords Pulls Only 75-100 People In Fargo, Democrats Mum On Her Visit

Former Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords didn’t get a very warm reception in North Dakota for her gun control pitch. She and her husband spent the morning in Bismarck at meetings with the media closed off to the public (I’m told she was at Kroll’s Diner where a few protesters found her and told her to “go

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