BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate rejected legislation allowing the state's three members of Congress, retired judges and emergency response personnel who maintain firearms proficiency to possess guns in public spaces Tuesday, April 23.

Senate Bill 2172 would have added new exemptions to the state's ban on possessing firearms at public gatherings, which state law defines as schools, public buildings, churches and sporting events. It would have also allowed current and former judges who maintain proficiency to possess a firearm in bars.

A House-Senate panel had already removed a contentious proposal from the bill creating a new type of concealed weapons license that would have exempted permit holders from the public gathering ban. The new license would have required training equivalent to what police officers receive.

But Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah still opposed the bill because it created too many "carve-outs."

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