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Published March 19, 2013, 09:19 PM

Stenehjem: Gun Bill Needs to be Killed

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a gun rights bill needs to be killed. Stenehjem along with law enforcement from across the state are opposing House Bill 1183.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a gun rights bill needs to be killed. Stenehjem along with law enforcement from across the state are opposing House Bill 1183.

The bill forbids state and local law enforcement from providing aid or assistance to the federal government for the enforcement, prosecution or investigation of any new federal firearm laws. Those opposed to the bill say it will jeopardize the relationship between local and federal officers.

Bill sponsors say the bill seeks to protect gun owners in North Dakota from federal gun bans.

Rep. Bette Grande: "To tell our citizens what guns to own and how many bullets they need? Is this where we want to be going? I disagree with that. The people of North Dakota have the right to bear arms whether we act or not. But are we as legislators and law enforcement upholding our oath if we fail to protect our citizens? Have we done our jobs?"

Stenehjem: "It appears to me that maybe this is North Dakota's version of overreacting and I encourage you to consider the wisdom of enacting this kind of legislation. There has been no federal legislation enacted that makes this legislation mean anything."

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