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Bismarck, ND — The North Dakota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, praised state lawmakers today after a bill that would have allowed guns in schools suffered a resounding defeat in a 28-17 vote in the House of Representatives. House Bill 1195 sought to allow people to carry concealed firearms in K-12 schools. This was the second consecutive legislative session that this measure failed to gain legislative support; a similar bill failed to pass during the 2013 legislative session as well.
In the lead-up to the vote, Moms Demand Action supporters sent hundreds of messages to state legislators urging them to vote against the legislation. Similar bills have been defeated around the country this year, including most recently in Wyoming where state legislators also rejected a guns in schools bill by a wide margin.
Susan Beehler, a volunteer with North Dakota Moms Demand Action, commended state leaders for making sure the bill never came to fruition.
“I applaud North Dakota’s legislators for standing on the side of common sense and defeating this dangerous legislation for the second consecutive legislative cycle. It’s encouraging to see that we’re still able to come together and place the safety of our kids above all else Some things should be above politics and this is definitely one of them. I’m glad our state’s leaders saw the issue similarly.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs