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Published January 24, 2013, 09:26 PM

Proposed Bill Allows Permit Holders to Carry Weapons with Approval at Schools, Churches

Schools and churches in North Dakota would have the right to allow guns under newly introduced legislation. A bill proposed by West Fargo Representative Kim Koppelman is causing quite the debate.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAZ

Schools and churches in North Dakota would have the right to allow guns under newly introduced legislation. A bill proposed by West Fargo Representative Kim Koppelman is causing quite the debate.

In the aftermath of several horrific school shootings some people can't imagine how bringing more guns in may kick violence out.

Joe Burgum, Fargo resident, "I'm really torn. It's a really tough conversation and obviously there's a lot of people involved in it and a lot of factors." Christopher Greywater, Spirit Lake Resident, "Anybody should have that right, that's their right" Right now, North Dakota law prohibits anyone from bringing a concealed weapon into a public place like a church or school, but a new bill wants to change that.

Jeff Schatz, Fargo Schools Superintendent, "I philosophically would struggle with that concept of having guns in schools." This week North Dakota's legislature heard a proposal that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a gun inside of a school if officials there allow it, but it could be a tough fight. Schatz, "We are a school setting. To add potential for more danger from having guns in school, I think would be problematic."

The same would hold true for churches, and one Fargo church already allows it. A pastor at Bethel Evangelical Free Church says select members are allowed to carry weapons to worship for safety purposes. The idea does bring potential lawsuits and insurance hikes, though.

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