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ND Senate panel OKs permitless concealed carrying of firearms

BISMARCK—Citing Second Amendment rights, a North Dakota Senate committee gave its blessing to a bill allowing qualified people to carry a concealed firearm without a permit Monday, March 20.

House Bill 1169 is known as the "constitutional carry" bill. It says that a person who is not otherwise prevented from having a Class 2 concealed carry license and has had an ID from the Department of Transportation for at least a year may carry a concealed firearm.

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave the bill a "do pass" recommendation in a 4-2 vote Monday. It has already passed the House.

Seeking to blunt concerns about a lack of gun training requirements, Committee Chairman Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, said a Class 2 license already doesn't involve training.

"It's an open-book test," he said. "I suppose you could (fail it), but I don't know how."

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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