Expanding gun rights days after mass shootings

Expanding gun rights days after mass shootings

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – Days after the mass shooting in Colorado and President Joe Biden’s call for a ban on assault weapons, North Dakota lawmakers brought up bills that attempt to side-step federal regulations. The fight in the legislature is one thing. But if it passes, it could put North Dakota on a long road through federal courts. Under HB 1272 , firearms made entirely within North Dakota’s borders would be exempt from federal regulations. It’s another element of some lawmaker’s attempts to expand gun rights and gun ownership. However, lawmakers say it is bigger than guns. It is about state freedoms. With the Biden Administration calling for a ban on certain weapons following another mass shooting, North Dakota lawmakers are getting defensive. Not just with the second amendment, but also with the tenth. “The Supreme Court has interpreted interstate commerce very broadly, but in my opinion, way too broadly. And I would like states to start to take back some of the 10th Amendment rights that the Constitution provides,” Sen. Michael Dwyer, R-Bismarck, said. In an attempt to go around federal law, lawmakers are considering a “Homemade Gun” bill. While federal law allows individuals to manufacture some forms of homemade guns, opposers say interstate commerce will be necessary in order to put the pieces together in North Dakota. “North Dakota, thank God, is blessed with a lot of natural resources, but we’re not blessed with all the natural resources it’s gonna take to manufacture these types of things. […]

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