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New Gun Law Passed for Churches

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A number of new state laws went into effect today.

Among those were new concealed weapon laws.

North Dakota now allows those with concealed-carry permits to bring a gun to church if those church officials approve and notify law enforcement.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck made the decision not to allow firearms on their property.

Church leaders have a written policy in place.

"I think the council and the congregation as a whole finds the debate somewhat strange. That we would be arguing about whether or not lethal weapons can be used in a sanctuary like this. It seems strange to me that considering the one whom we claim to follow gave himself for others - that we would make anyone a target inside here, even in protection of those of us who stand up front or those who sit in the pew," says Sr. Pastor Tim Johnson, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

We made several calls to area churches today to find out what their decisions on this new law were.

Several wouldn't go on camera and others have not returned calls.

You can tell us what your church is doing on our KX facebook page.

Over 475 new laws went into effect today, including abortion laws and technology rules.

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