NRA skeptical that new ND law will lead to more gun crimes

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed a bill that will allow most adults to carry a concealed weapon without a permit

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday night signed a popular measure allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. Critics worry it could lead to more shootings as people with less training would be carrying weapons.

Thirty-one states have "open carry" laws, allowing handgun owners to carry weapons in full view without a license, according to the center. Some 48,700 of North Dakota's 759,000 residents have concealed carry permits. As a result, constitutional carry has little to do with the difficulty of acquiring a firearm, only the additional difficulties required to obtain a concealed carry permit. Someone carrying a concealed weapon will now have to carry a valid ID and notify law enforcement of the weapon during instances such as traffic stops.

The legislation comes into force August 1. In North Dakota, murders are relatively rare; there are only 11 per year on average, and there is no evidence to suggest former felons commit murders at a higher rate upon release than any other group or population in our state, so as a result there is no reason to change our existing policies of allowing them firearms upon leaving prison.

"Gun ownership is both a right and a responsibility", the Republican governor said in a statement.

"The more we recognize the right of all people to protect their lives with a firearm, and the more that we encourage law-abiding citizens to carry, the safer our society will be", Lisonbee says. However, those backing the law said it would support the constitutional right to carry arms and allow protection from criminals.

However, as a person who holds a Class 1 concealed weapons license, Governor Burgum said it is important that people who want to participate should consider taking a certified gun safety course. "I ask legislators and law enforcement officials to closely monitor this new law with a continual focus on public safety".

Last year, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the U.S. Constitution does not grant any fundamental right to carry a concealed firearm in public.



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