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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., right, joins Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, in supporting a new gun control bill to prohibit sales to people listed on the federal government's "no-fly" list. Forum News Service Photo

I Don’t Think Senator Heidi Heitkamp Understands the Concept of Due Process

I Don’t Think Senator Heidi Heitkamp Understands the Concept of Due Process

In an op/ed today in the Grand Forks Herald, Senator Heidi Heitkamp tries to explain why she’s supporting new gun control legislation that would deny people their 2nd amendment rights simply by placing them on certain threat lists. “It’s just common sense: if someone is too dangerous to board an airplane, he or she is too

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

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Some Thoughts On How To Reform North Dakota’s Gun Laws After Officer Moszer’s Death

After Fargo police officer Jason Moszer was killed a couple of weeks ago it came to light that the man who was in a standoff with Moszer and other officers, one Marcus Schumacher, had legal access to guns even though he’d previously been convicted of a felony. I should be clear that we don’t know

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Felons Should Be Stopped From Automatically Getting Their Gun Rights Back In North Dakota

UPDATE: Initially this post said I was the first to report that Schumacher could legally obtain a gun. Per the comments, it turns out I wasn’t. WDAY had the story on February 12. I missed that one. Last week I reported that Marcus Schumacher, the man who shot Fargo police officer Jason Moszer, could legally obtain


Maybe The Real Extremists Are The People Who Think The NRA Is Extremist

This is a pretty remarkable data point. According to Gallup, the National Rifle Association has become more popular since 2012. “Despite a year of blistering criticism from gun control advocates about the National Rifle Association’s hard-line stance against gun restrictions amid a spate of mass shootings nationwide, 58% in the U.S. have a favorable opinion


Video: Democrat Lawmaker Says Concealed Carry Bill Will “Open Up The Door To Terrorists”

HB1241 is legislation that cleans up and simplifies North Dakota law governing concealed carry. As amended it makes a number of changes to the law such as expanding concealed carry in establishments that sell alcohol. Currently you can’t carry in any establishment that serves alcohol. Under HB1241, you can conceal carry in establishments that serve

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Matt Evans: A Good Week For Gun Rights In The North Dakota House

This week, 3 different bills that I’d characterize as “pro gun owner” passed the North Dakota House of Representatives.  Here’s my run down. HB1219 seems like a pretty low impact bill.  It makes some minor clarifications about how violent felons may or may not have their gun rights restored, and clarifies some timelines and procedures


Bill To Let Politicians Carry Concealed In Public Buildings Fails On Narrow Vote

Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) wanted to improve security in North Dakota’s public buildings by allowing elected officials to carry concealed. To that end he introduced HB1257. Currently concealed carry isn’t allowed at all in the state’s public buildings, up to and including the capitol. Koppelman’s bill, as amended, would have allowed elected and appointed


North Dakota Concealed Carry Permits Down In 2013

Between 2005 and and 2012 there was a 479 percent increase in the number of North Dakota concealed carry permits issued. Applications for permits were so hot and heavy that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office was having problems keeping up. State law requires that the AG’s office rule on a permit within sixty days, but


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