Stunning – House Committee Gives Constitutional Carry Unanimous DO PASS

There may well be hope for Liberty-minded folks after all. According to the Bismarck Tribune, the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee gave Rick Becker’s (R – District 7) Constitutional Carry bill (HB 1169) a unanimous Do Pass recommendation last week.

This bill was thought by many to have the potential to be one of the most controversial bills of the session. And with two Democrats on the committee, it is somewhat stunning that the bill made it out with a unanimous Do Pass recommendation.

This reflects well on Becker’s ideas and the way the bill was crafted. HB 1169 is a solid bill. When the idea surfaced to have Constitutional Carry in North Dakota, many were concerned about reciprocity agreements with other states and whether such a bill would jeopardize them. Becker brilliantly made sure that his bill did not change anything that would jeopardize reciprocity.

There were two key amendments to the bill before it got it’s 12-0 Do Pass recommendation. Constitutional Carry will be limited to North Dakota residents with a valid state-issued identification. Those carrying concealed will also have a "duty to inform" should they be approached by a law enforcement officer.

Should this bill pass the House, make it through the Senate, and be signed into law by Governor Burgum, North Dakotan’s 21 years old and older would no longer be required to have a concealed weapon’s permit– unless they are otherwise prohibited by law from carrying a concealed weapon.

In all likelihood, Constitutional Carry will now go to the House floor this week for debate and a vote. It is anticipated that it will pass easily in the House. Let’s hope so. That would be one step closer to truly honoring the right to keep and bear arms. Stay tuned.


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T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.