Day 52 is upon us in the legislature, and many things are already coming together. Many committees have heard all of their assigned bills with just a handful of stickier issues left to be compromised on and moved along.
There have been a number of gun bills introduced this session. Many are just housekeeping bills. On Tuesday, the Senate passed what we call the "constitutional carry" bill. This bill allows a North Dakota resident to carry a gun. They would need to have a North Dakota drivers' license for a year and have no convictions that would preclude them from their right to carry. There was virtually no opposition. Even law enforcement said they were on board.
On Wednesday, we took a few moments to honor past legislators who served in both the House and the Senate. One of the honorees in the Senate is one of our own, Sebastian "Buckshot" Hoffner. Buckshot had quite a career in the legislature. He served in the House of Representatives from 1962-66 and 1968-72, serving as Minority Leader in 1971. He also served in the Senate from 1972-80 -- as Minority Leader from 1975-79 -- before returning to the House from 1982-84. I did not serve with Buckshot, but I did serve with Senator Jim Pomeroy from 2006-10. The Memorial Service is a nice time for reflection on our own accomplishments and how we will be remembered.
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Sen. Jerry Klein