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Proposed gun law could impact ND law enforcement

A new concealed firearm bill proposed early in North Dakota's 2017 legislative session could have significant impact on law enforcement.

Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill to allow gun owners over age 21 to conceal and carry without a permit in North Dakota.

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, introduced legislation Jan. 6 to allow people who are at least 21 years old to carry "any firearm or dangerous weapon concealed unless otherwise prohibited by law."

Bills would hike tuition, cap enrollment for students not from North Dakota

FARGO -- Out-of-state students attending public universities in North Dakota would see a hike in their tuition rates and find getting accepted more difficult under proposals being considered in the Legislature.

A pair of bills would increase the minimum tuition levels for resident students and set a cap on the number of out-of-state students who could attend North Dakota’s 11 public colleges and universities.

Bill would limit out of state students for NDSU and UND

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Certain lawmakers in North Dakota have a problem with the number of Minnesota students going to NDSU and UND.

Those lawmakers are trying to limit the number of out-of-state students allowed to go to public colleges in North Dakota. They say too many Minnesota students pick NDSU or UND for the price, rather than the quality.

45% of students going to the NDSU are from Minnesota. That's a bigger percentage than students from North Dakota, at 41%.

Lawmaker pushing tweak to drones law

One last adjustment is needed to state law governing the use of aerial drones by law enforcement, according to a Bismarck Republican lawmaker.

A short bill introduced by Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, would amend a law, passed in the previous legislative session, so it would eliminate the possibility for law enforcement to use nonlethal weapons installed on a drone.

The 2015 legislation had left the door open for that possibility; Becker says this would close that option.

Bill would allow gun owners to conceal and carry without a permit in North Dakota

North Dakota gun owners would be able to carry a concealed firearm without a permit under legislation introduced by a group of Republican lawmakers.

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, introduced legislation Friday, Jan. 6, to allow people who are at least 21 years old to carry "any firearm or dangerous weapon concealed unless otherwise prohibited by law."

Bill Drafted in North Dakota Allowing Concealed Carry Without Permit

A North Dakota State Representative wants you to be able to carry a loaded concealed firearm without a permit.

Eleven other states have implemented what are called “constitutional carry laws” while another four have adopted limited versions of the law.

In North Dakota, an open carry state, Representative Rick Becker says he doesn’t believe passing constitutional carry would make much of a difference.

“This bill allows people to do the same level of carrying as a class two without going through the process and payments and all the requirements,” said Becker.

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