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Associated Press, Published April 28 2011

New North Dakota gun law may exclude some

BISMARCK — Employees at North Dakota's state psychiatric hospital in Jamestown may be excluded from a new law that lets North Dakotans keep guns in their vehicles while they are at work.

Lawmakers passed a bill last month that says employers can't keep workers from having a firearm locked in their vehicle.

The state Office of Management and Budget spending bill says the protection doesn't apply to workers at the state hospital. There is also a prison on the state hospital's grounds, and the law doesn't allow guns on prison property.

Negotiators agreed on the budget bill Thursday. It must be approved by the full House and Senate.