The bifurcation of the states along Second Amendment lines continues unabated. North Dakota’s taking steps to ensure that lawful owners of firearms in the Peace Garden State don’t suffer the same fate as Louisianans did after Katrina. From nraila.org “HB 1467 would prohibit the state or any government agency, during a declared state of emergency, from prohibiting or restricting the otherwise lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage, or display of a firearm or ammunition; seizure or confiscation of a lawfully possessed firearm; or requiring registration of a firearm or ammunition for which registration is not otherwise required by law.” . . .
HB1467 was approved (10-3) by the House Judiciary Committee and moves to the house floor for consideration. HB 1366, though, which would expand the places valid CWL holders can carry was voted down by the committee on a 6-7 vote, but apparently moves to the full House anyway.
Meanwhile, 1500 miles to the southeast, the West Virginia house passed a similar law preventing firearms seizures during times of trouble:
House Bill 2471 passed the House unanimously Feb. 22. The bill, introduced by Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, would prohibit the restriction on lawful use of firearms and ammunition during a declared state of emergency. The bill is backed by the National Rifle Association and also creates a legal course of action for those whose weapons are unlawfully confiscated under this bill.
It now moves to the Democrat-controlled Senate, but Delegate Larry Faircloth isn’t worried about the bill’s prospects there.
“I think when it comes down to it, if you’re talking numbers in the House we have 46 members who are technically defined as conservative by ticket, but we have 54 who are Democratic or liberal by ticket,” he said. “I think this is a constitutional value, a moral value and a personal value.
From his lips . . .
[h/t Bill Bargo]