Committee eliminates conceal carry in schools, public gatherings amendment
Senate Bill 2172 started as a bill to let retired judges conceal carry a firearm at public gatherings. When the bill went to the House, they tacked on an amendment to resurrect another bill the Senate killed which would create a new conceal carry license allowing people to conceal carry in schools, universities and other public gatherings.
Now a conference committee of House and Senate members have removed that part of the bill.
The committee did leave on provisions for on-duty EMT and Fire personnel to carry according to North Dakota United Director Nick Archuleta.
“The decisions made today by the committee are a step in the right direction. We don’t need or want concealed carry in the schools or public events unless they’re trained law enforcement,” said Archuleta.
Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan, said he and Rep. Pat Heinert, R-Bismarck, were trying to address the concerns of educators when crafting the Class 1 Exempt license. Heinert says they would have the exact same weapons training as law enforcement and have to re-certify every year. That involves about 100 hours of weapons training and passing all the tests that law enforcement would have to take, including a perfect score on a test about deadly force.
When Porter sat down with Senators to hear their concerns, he says Senators told him educators didn’t want any guns in schools unless it was licensed law enforcement.
The issue will be a possible study topic during the legislative interim before the 2021 session.
Porter says his idea was a new approach to an old problem and he would like to see the results of an interim study before bringing it back next session.