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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

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

A wall of Bushmaster AR-15 223's is seen Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Bill’s Gun Shop & Range in north Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Blaming Guns for Suicides Does a Disservice to Suicide Prevention Efforts

My last Sunday print column suggested that we could save more lives in America with better suicide prevention efforts than with tougher gun control policy. To support this contention, I pointed out that most deaths in America resulting from a gun shot wound are self inflicted. In any given year, about 60 percent to 70

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

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, looks at the tally board on Tuesday during the 83-9 House vote on HB1169, a change to the North Dakota constitution allowing the carrying of a concealed firearm. Becker was a co-sponsor of the bill. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Constitutional Carry Legislation Had Strong Bipartisan Support

There has been an angry response from some factions of North Dakota politics over Governor Doug Burgum signing into law HB1169, sponsored by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), which institutes so-called “constitutional carry” in our state. One trope I’ve been seeing on social media is about how this is just another example of our state’s crazy

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Dave Wallis / The Forum

North Dakota Will Get Constitutional Carry as Governor Burgum Announces His Approval

Earlier this week the state Senate passed a House bill allowing for North Dakota citizens with one year of residency to carry concealed weapons without a permit. The bill went to Governor Doug Burgum’s office and, despite his campaign last year where he touted strong support for gun rights, there was concern that he might

A screenshot from a Doug Burgum campaign ad aired during the 2016 election cycle touting the candidate as a "champion for North Dakota gun rights."

Governor Burgum Is Undecided on Constitutional Carry Legislation

Yesterday the state Senate passed a House bill allowing North Dakotans who are not otherwise prohibited by law to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Because the Senate did not make any amendments to the bill, it now goes to Governor Doug Burgum’s office. But will he sign it? Burgum campaigned on his support for

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

Video: Legislature Sends Constitutional Carry Bill to Governor Doug Burgum

The state Senate today easily passed HB1169, a “constitutional carry” bill introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck). The bill essentially allows for any North Dakota citizen to carry concealed unless they are otherwise restricted from possessing/carrying a firearm by law. There were a couple of tweaks made at the behest of law enforcement. For one,

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