Some Lawmakers weary of gun control legislation reform following Vegas tragedy

Published: Oct. 3, 2017 at 6:16 AM CDT
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In the wake of mass shootings, the conversation often revolves around restricting access to firearms.

Here in North Dakota, many lawmakers say the issue is not the guns themselves, rather the person pulling the trigger.

“North Dakota is very much in favor of protecting the second amendment” said Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, “That's going to be unchanged, because we can’t change the fact that mental illness exists, and will continue to exist. We can’t change the fact that hateful ideologies exist.”

Rep. Jason Dockter likened gun control to another problem plaguing the state.

“We've been cracking down on drugs, but they still get in to the system. People are still having drug abuse. Same way with guns, you can have as many gun laws as you want, but the bad people are still going to get the guns,” said Docktor.

Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, says it's a matter of mathematics. “The more guns there are, the more tragedies; whether they're accidental, or intentional."

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