North Dakota lawmakers weigh meaty issues in session infancy

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota lawmakers will be considering weighty issues including Sunday shopping restrictions and guns as their legislative session enters its second full week.

Monday is the deadline for House members to introduce bills. Senators are limited to three measures after the date.

Legislative Council Director John Bjornson says he's expecting more than 1,000 bills to be filed this session. He says that's about average.

The North Dakota House is expected to vote on legislation to repeal the state's longstanding Sunday business restrictions that are rooted in religious tradition.

Lawmakers in both chambers are considering several gun-rights measures, even after legislation passed last session that allows people over the age of 21 to carry concealed firearms without a permit.