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Published March 28, 2013, 02:40 PM

Gun bills heard in ND Senate

While President Obama pushes again today for gun control, the North Dakota senate took up numerous bills today looking at expanding gun rights in the state. The Senate voted on four bills all dealing with concealed guns and where they could be allowed. Two of the places involved our schools and churches.

By: Donnell Preskey, KX News

While President Obama pushes again today for gun control, the North Dakota senate took up numerous bills today looking at expanding gun rights in the state. The Senate voted on four bills all dealing with concealed guns and where they could be allowed. Two of the places involved our schools and churches.

The North Dakota Senate says guns do not belong in schools unless they are carried by officers. Senators defeated the bill giving school boards the authority to decide if a concealed weapon permit holder can pack heat in a school. They also defeated a bill that goes even further by allowing guns at public gatherings including school events, concerts and public rallies. Senators did however approve allowing guns in churches with approval and again for only those with a concealed weapon permit.

The Senate also approved a bill to allow guns in certain gaming sites, saying those with concealed weapon permits can bring their guns into grocery stores or gas stations that sell lottery tickets. Of the five gun bills voted on in the Senate, only two were approved.

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