North Dakota HB 1332 - Concealed Firearms on School Property / by Charles Yeganian

North Dakota HB 1332

by Reps. Patrick Heinert (R), Daniel Johnston (R), Andrew Marschall (R), Todd Porter (R), Dan Ruby (R) with Sens. Diane Larson (R), Larry Luick (R), Janne Myrdal (R), Dave Oehlke (R)

LEAP Forward Position: Oppose


Armed first responder in schools - Possession of a concealed weapon.
1. The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt rules to administer this section and
develop criteria for approval of plans under this section.
2. The superintendent of public instruction may accept a proposal from a public school,
upon approval by the school board or governing board, indicating the intention by the
school to participate in an armed first responder program. Within ninety days of
informing the superintendent of public instruction of the intent to participate in the
program, the school shall:
a. Identify the individual selected by the school to participate in the program and
attend training to become the school’s armed first responder;
b. Submit a plan to the superintendent of public instruction specifying how the
school will implement the program; and
c. Participate with the superintendent of public instruction in a comprehensive
emergency operations assessment for the purpose of identifying school crisis
and emergency threats and risks.
3. The plan submitted by the school to the superintendent of public instruction must
require the selected individual to complete training equivalent to the South Dakota
school sentinel program.
4. An individual selected to become an armed first responder for a school participating in
the program:
a. Must be a retired law enforcement officer or meet the requirements of
subsection 3;
b. Must be a citizen of the United States;
c. Must be at least twenty - one years old;
d. Shall complete a criminal background check successfully and be approved by the
local law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over the school premises where
the individual will be an armed first responder;
e. Must be a high school graduate or meet equivalency standards;
f. Shall complete successfully a physical performed by a physician or an advanced
practice registered nurse and a mental evaluation by a qualified mental health
provider who certifies the individual is capable of performing the duties of an
armed first responder;
g. Shall complete successfully a faculty and administrator safety training and
emergency response program in addition to the requirements under
subsection 3;
h. Must be approved by the school board or governing board to carry a firearm
concealed on school property; and
i. Shall possess a valid class 1 firearm license from this state.
5. An individual selected to become an armed first responder at a school participating in
the program shall cooperate in training with local law enforcement for school
emergencies to provide a coordinated response to building lockdown and active killer
events. The individual shall attend annual training and recertification courses
consisting of a minimum of ten hours of instruction and a skills evaluation assessment.
6. The school board or governing board of any school participating in the program shall
inform local law enforcement, in writing, of the name of the individual authorized by the
school to participate in the program
7. An individual selected as an armed first responder may not carry a firearm concealed
or a dangerous weapon on school premises unless:
a. The individual has been approved by the school board or governing body under
subsection 4;
b. The individual has completed the armed first responder curriculum requirements
under subsections 3 and 4; and
c. The individual completes the armed first responder recertification course
requirements every twelve months.
8. A firearm or dangerous weapon carried by an armed first responder on school
premises must remain concealed and under the direct control of the certified armed
first responder.
9. The school board or governing board shall approve a posttraumatic stress disorder
treatment program for armed first responders.
10. The school board or governing board may withdraw a school from participation in the
program at anytime.
11. A school participating in the program shall provide program evaluation data to the
superintendent of public instruction at the time and in the manner requested by the
superintendent of public instruction