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The North Dakota chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, the grassroots networks of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after the North Dakota Senate advanced HB 1498, dangerous “Stand Your Ground” legislation, and HB 1383, a proposal to prohibit state officials from helping to enforce federal gun laws. These bills now move to the House for concurrence votes.
“In states with so-called ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, homicides have increased and gun violence has gotten worse, so why are North Dakota lawmakers trying to bring it here?” said Cheryl Biller, a volunteer with the North Dakota chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Our self-defense laws are effective, and they protect people who have no choice but to fight for their lives. This legislation, on the other hand, would encourage vigilantism and unnecessary violence by allowing anyone to shoot to kill in public even when they can clearly and safely walk away from danger. Our lawmakers should be focusing on reducing violence, not increasing it.”
What to know about so-called “Stand Your Ground”:
Did you know?
The US 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
Last updated: 1.7.2021