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Published March 20, 2013, 06:03 PM

ND Senate Takes Up Carry Bill for Schools, Gatherings

The North Dakota Senate is in the process of deciding if guns should be allowed in churches, schools and at public gatherings. This hot button issue is similar to what's taking place across the nation regarding gun rights, gun control and safety issues.

The North Dakota Senate is in the process of deciding if guns should be allowed in churches, schools and at public gatherings. This hot button issue is similar to what's taking place across the nation regarding gun rights, gun control and safety issues.

House Bill 1215 allows school boards to decide if someone inside the school can carry a gun, and who that person should be. Some leaders in Grand Forks believe a school is not the place where people should pack heat. Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown says it would make him uneasy knowing not just cops had weapons in schools, but he believes those who carry are trained and positively motivated.

Brown: "...Well that's a subject that needs a lot of thoughtful deliberation because children are the most important resource we have and we want to keep them safe and I trust the people who make those decisions like the school officials and law enforcement. I trust their input in that discussion."

Bill supporters and opponents both agree that the best security option is to hire officers, however that could cost the state 75 million dollars for all K-12 schools.

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