Finally. After a bit of a ride in the legislative process, Rep. Rick Becker’s (R – District 7) House Bill 1383 got final passage in the House and Senate today.
I’ve written about this bill a number of times. In my opinion, it’s the most important gun bill of the 2021 Legislative Session. In a nutshell, if Governor Burgum signs the bill into law, North Dakota will be forbidden from participating in the “enforcement of a violation of a federal statute, order, rule, or regulation purporting to regulate a firearm, firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition”.
There are some carve-outs in the bill. I’ve written about those here. But they were necessary to get law enforcement on board and to give the bill a chance at passage.
The Senate did end up making some concessions in conference committee. You can hear Senator Michael Dwyer (R – District 47) discuss that here. In short, they restored the “firearm accessory” provision the Senate had removed before.
Make no mistake about it, passage of HB 1383 is still a very big deal. Especially when we consider the gun control agenda of the Biden administration and awful legislation pending in the U.S. House.
I’m also more than happy to give credit to Republican lawmakers— of whom I’ve been critical in the past. Not a single one voted against the final bill. That’s impressive. And even a bit surprising. Heck, even a couple Democrats on the House side voted for it— Representatives Tracy Boe (D – District 9) and Corey Mock (D – District 18). Good on them.
Now, on to the governor.
- North Dakota Bill Versions: HB 1383 (nd.gov)
- HB 1383 Archives – The Minuteman Blog
- Passage of Bill Limiting State Enforcement of Federal Gun Laws is Huge – The Minuteman Blog
- North Dakota Legislative Branch Video (nd.gov)
- Joe Biden’s Plan to End Gun Violence | Joe Biden for President
- Text – H.R.127 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
- ND Legislature Better Get Their Crap Together on the Gun Issue – The Minuteman Blog