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Published January 20, 2012, 10:22 PM

City of Fargo to consider two law changes

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some minor tweaks proposed to Fargo city law could mean major changes for gun owners and teen drivers City leaders are looking at updating laws, some to fit state rules.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Some minor tweaks proposed to Fargo city law could mean major changes for gun owners and teen drivers City leaders are looking at updating laws, some to fit state rules.

City commissioners will consider changing two city laws Monday night. Those changes are minor, but if passed, will definitely play a role in everyday life.

The first ordinance concerns teen driving. Under the new state statute, it would be a $20 ticket for anyone under 18 talking or texting on the phone while driving. There are two exceptions - an emergency or if the vehicle is stopped. The police chief is urging the city follow suit. Anyone with a permit or license before January 1st 2012 would be grandfathered in. It'd likely be difficult to enforce, but possibly targeted around school zones.

Jason Loos – Fargo Assistant City Attorney: β€œTo it makes it easier for the Fargo police officers to cite it when they can cite it under city law so it goes to municipal court rather than going to district court.”

The other proposal would make it illegal to carry a dangerous weapon or gun at a public gathering like school, church, or meetings. A weapon would have to also be fully encased.

Again, those proposed changes will be voted on Monday.

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