Nodaks: Time has come to ask the state legislators to introduce a bill to remove our public gathering restrictions: Please send this in email or written letter to your state legislators, both senators and representatives. Potential talking points are outlined below. Please be respectful and try to get the point across that we don't feel ND is dangerous, but it is better to have choices for defense. Unfortunately, shortly before most of the incidents in schools and churches, no one ever thought attacks would happen at THEIR school or church. Another point is that many other states have no such restrictions and have few problems with CCW in the areas that are considered public gatherings in ND. I will be emailing my legislators in the next few days. Your legislators email and snail mail address can be found at http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/61-2009/ under Senate or House of Representatives in the sidebar on the left. As soon as committees are set, I will list the most important people to contact. The deadline for introducing bills is essentially Jan 8, after this date noone may introduce more than 5 bills each. Talking Points: +Many other states do not have public gathering restrictions +CCW Permit holders have been through background checks +Public gathering restrictions have the potential to disrupt daily schedules, in order to stay legal one has to disarm in order to pick up children from school or church activities +Legal CCW permit holders who can carry most everywhere else are not able to carry legally while attending college classes and activities. +While ND has had no church or school shootings in recent history, neither had any of the other localities before their incidents (eg.: Virginia Tech, Colorado churches last year, etc.) +Several church and school shootings were stopped when civilians were able to retrieve their guns from storage and confront the gunman, legally carried pistols could do so much more quickly.