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ND bill would allow elected officials to carry guns to public gatherings

BISMARCK—The North Dakota House voted to allow elected officials to carry guns at public gatherings as long as they maintain firearm proficiency and are licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

The bill lawmakers passed Tuesday, April 4, adds a new exception to the ban on firearms at public gatherings. Current law already exempts judges, the attorney general's staff and retired law enforcement officers if they maintain firearm proficiency, and Senate Bill 2139 adds elected officials to the list while also requiring those officials to have a Class 2 concealed weapons permit.

The bill passed in an 86-5 vote after the Senate approved it in January. The House made changes to the bill, however, so it will return to the Senate before heading to the governor.

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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