ND House: Guns OK at school, church, gatherings

church gunsBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s House endorsed a package of gun-rights measures Monday that include allowing a concealed-carry permit holder to pack a gun at public gatherings, schools and churches if officials in those places allow it and notify law enforcement.

The House also approved a bill that allows people to possess a gun in public during a declared state of emergency. That measure gives gun owners the right to sue if the government attempts to confiscate weapons or ammunition during the emergency.

Rep. Randy Boehning, R-Fargo, said about 30 states have enacted such laws after New Orleans police confiscated guns while trying to restore order following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The North Dakota measure also would allow the sale of firearms and ammunition during a declared emergency.

The Republican-led chamber easily passed the measures but some Democrats were critical, especially of allowing concealed carry permit holders to have guns at school.

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