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Bill Passes to Protect Gun Rights During Emergencies

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Governor Jack Dalrymple will decide if he should join other states in banning Governor's from regulating guns during natural disasters.

 The North Dakota legislature passed a bill that eliminates the governor, state agency or any political subdivision from prohibiting gun possession during a declared emergency.

The bill also protects citizens from the confiscation of their firearms during a disaster.

It's in response to what happened in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.

Many residents armed themselves to protect their lives and property and the local police department decided only law enforcement could have guns.

Republican Sen. Spencer Berry of Fargo says, "Law enforcement and National Guard troops were sent door to door to take firearms away from hurricane survivors protecting themselves from looters and thugs who ruled the streets. Legislative bodies can and should act to protect the self defense of citizens at the times when those rights are most important.

Senator Berry says looting did occur in North Dakota during the 2009 and 2011 floods.

Congress and 30 states passed bills prohibiting state and local governments from confiscating firearms during natural disasters.

House bill 1467 now goes to the Governor.

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