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Protesters demonstrate in the Not One More rally for gun legislation, held at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. Since Wednesday, when a gunman killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., teenage voices have resonated where those of longtime politicians have largely fallen flat. (Saul Martinez/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

The Argument for Gun Control Is Myopic and Shallow

The Argument for Gun Control Is Myopic and Shallow

Over the weekend the Fargo Forum published an editorial calling for the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban that was as shallow as it was myopic. “There is no legitimate civilian use for guns like the AR-15,” the paper writes. There are millions upon millions of Americans who own AR-15 rifles, and equivalent firearms, who might

FILE PHOTO: North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Lawmaker Criticizes Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for Signing Letter Urging Congress to Review Legality of Bump Stocks

Rep. Luke Simons is a Republican lawmaker from Dickinson. In a Facebook post yesterday, he took aim at Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for signing a letter with a group of other attorneys general urging Congress to act on “bump stocks,” which are devices designed to be used with semi-automatic firearms to increase their rate of

Hunters and collectors check out the large selection of guns and other items at the Dakota Territory Gun Collectors 36th annual Gun Show on Saturday at the Fargo Civic Center. A large crowd was present Saturday morning at the show, which continues today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Feds Saying Using Marijuana, Even if It’s Legal Under State Law, Makes It Illegal for You to Own Guns

North Dakota voters have legalized medical marijuana, though state officials are still working on implementation, and just yesterday a new ballot measure was submitted to the Secretary of State which would legalize marijuana for recreational use too. But the intersection between state and federal policies on marijuana is still problematic in the extreme. Because to

FBI agents and other law enforcement and crime scene personnel outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a gunman killed at least 26 people and injured at least 20 more on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Callie Richmond / copyright 2017 / The New York Times)

Remember When North Dakota Lawmakers Were Mocked for Allowing Concealed Carry in Churches?

A shooter in Sutherland Springs, Texas, opened fire in a Baptist church over the weekend. As I write this, the count is 26 dead and 20 wounded. The incident has sparked the usual debate over gun control. Which makes about as much sense as debating restrictions on car rentals after an Uzbek man, apparently radicalized

Bill Letting Politicians Carry Concealed at Public Gatherings Gets Amended, but It’s Still Not Very Good

SB2139, which started out as a bill to give those licensed to carry concealed a 10 day window to produce their permit if caught by law enforcement, was amended earlier this legislative session to also give elected officials the right to carry concealed in public gatherings. Here’s the amended section which passed the House earlier this

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook

We Shouldn’t Be Creating Special Gun Rights for the Governing Class

I am a supporter of the 2nd amendment, not to mention the expansive gun rights afforded us by North Dakota’s state constitution. Protecting these rights, and pushing back against attempts to curtail gun sales, possession, and carry by people who oppose gun rights is important. That said, we need to stop creating special gun rights

State Senator Merrill Piepkorn, a Democrat from Fargo, speaks against legislation loosening requirements for carrying a concealed carry weapons permit.

State Senate Votes to Loosen Requirements for Carrying Concealed Carry Permits

Under current North Dakota if you are the holder of a valid concealed carry permit but get caught carrying your weapon without your permit on your person you will be cited for a Class A Misdemeanor. Today the state Senate voted to loose that law a bit, passing by a 44-2 margin SB2139, introduced by

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measures, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

When It Comes to Gun Control Heidi Heitkamp Says Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The Senate is expected to vote later this week on a gun control measure backed by, and apparently lobbied for, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp. “We need to reach a bipartisan compromise that truly aims to address the issue of keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists, while protecting Americans’ constitutional rights,” Heitkamp

Senator Heidi Heitkamp in 2014. File photo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Heidi Heitkamp Considering Compromise on Watch List Gun Ban

Because the more convenient narrative for Democrats, in the wake of mass murder at an Orlando gay club, is gun control as opposed to the threats posed by extremist Islam there is currently a debate in Congress over denying guns to people on the government’s myriad threat watch lists. Watch lists described by the ACLU

You Cannot Deny People Their Rights Because You Think They Might Be Terrorists

“Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) launched a talking filibuster on the Senate floor — which was quickly joined by fellow Democrats — in an effort to pressure Republicans to accept legislation that would deny suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and require universal background checks,” reports Politico. The legislation Murphy wants passed is the Denying Firearms and

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