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Published January 24, 2013, 04:32 PM

A new legislation in North Dakota may allow schools and churches to have guns

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Schools and churches in North Dakota would have the right to allow guns under newly introduced legislation.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Schools and churches in North Dakota would have the right to allow guns under newly introduced legislation.

Proposed House legislation introduced 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.

Burgum: "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."

Greywater: "Anybody should have that right, that's their righ.t"

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.

Schatz: "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. He was not available for an on camera interview, but other religious leaders in the state are weighing in.

Dodson: "The main thing people should respect is the right to decide and carry out."

However the idea brings potential lawsuits and insurance hikes. Another attempt hoping to curb gun violence across the country, but this time by adding more weapons.

The Fargo church leaders we were able to reach did not want to comment on the proposal.

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