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Associated Press, Published January 16 2013

ND bills would allow guns in schools, churches

BISMARCK — Two bills introduced this week by the North Dakota Legislature would allow people with concealed carry permits to have guns at schools or churches.

The proposed legislation comes as President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades.

In North Dakota, House Bill 1215 would allow someone with a concealed weapon permit to carry a gun inside a school if a school district has authorized a policy for doing so.

House Bill 1283 would amend the current law that forbids carrying a concealed weapon in public places. Under the proposed bill, someone with a concealed carry permit could carry a weapon inside a church, if church officials allow it.

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