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Constitutional carry passes ND House

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Published: Feb. 21, 2017 at 4:31 PM CST
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The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arms. While courts have ruled limits may be imposed on that right, North Dakota may be moving in the opposite direction.

A measure passed in the House would allow North Dakota residents to practice constitutional carry.

In short, it allows people to conceal and carry firearms without a permit.

A person who wants to carry this way, however, must be legally allowed to own a gun, should the bill pass. They must also be a North Dakota resident and have possessed a state-issued ID for more than a year.

It also requires people to tell police they are concealing a firearm if police start an interaction with them.

"My understanding is that under current law, you do not have a duty to inform a law enforcement officer, so this would be a positive change for law enforcement," says Rep. Mike Lefor, R-Dickinson.

"You need a license to drive a car. You need a license to hunt. You need a license to go fishing. You need a license to go boating with your family on a lake. Why shouldn't you have a license to carry a concealed weapon?" says Rep. Greg Westlind, R-Cando.

The bill would not do away with concealed carry permits if people still wanted to get them.

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