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Published January 14, 2013, 04:54 PM

North Dakota lawmakers try to protect gun owners

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Some North Dakota lawmaker are proposing laws to protect gun owners. It's bucking the national trend, opting for dramatically less regulation.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Some North Dakota lawmaker are proposing laws to protect gun owners. It's bucking the national trend, opting for dramatically less regulation.

A State Representative from Bowman is drafting a bill that says every North Dakotan with a driver's license would be a concealed weapons permit holder.

Rep. Keith Kempenich: "If you are going to have people pushing extremes on one side, you push extremes on the other side."

State Representative Keith Kempenich is working on legislation to protect gun owners. He's not alone. There are other state reps on his side. One of those is Fargo's Bette Grande.

Rep. Bette Grande: "We as states have those decisions made in our own constitutions. We want to see our constitutional rights upheld."

Grande, an NRA member, says she's drafting the bill based on what she's heard from constituents.

Grande:" This is how we've always felt, gun ownership is an inalienable right."

A Minot legislator says in a state where hunting plays a large role in recreation, gun control is extremely upsetting.

Rep. Roscoe Streyle: "we can't stop the Feds from doing what they're going to do but what we can do is say that local officials can't help in anyway, investigate, prosecute, therefore the ATF will have to enforce the new law."

He's including that idea in a bill he's drafting, that he'll submit next week. 21 other states have similar legislation.

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