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Legal news from Saturday, March 23, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

In his weekly address released Saturday, US President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass the gun control legislation currently awaiting their votes. Current bills include the Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act, which would require background checks for all private gun sales; the School Safety Enhancements Act, which would renew a grant …

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by Max Slater

The North Dakota House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday that bans abortion by defining life as beginning at conception. The legislation, known as the personhood measure, passed by a vote of 57-35. The North Dakota Senate approved the measure in February. To become law, the personhood measure needs to be approved by voters, and …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Kansas House of Representatives Committee on Federal and State Affairs on Friday voted to advance HB 2111, a bill which would allow the open carry and transport of firearms around the state. The language of the bill currently prohibits cities and counties from restricting individuals from carrying firearms:No city or county shall adopt any …

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by Max Slater

Utah Governor Gary Herbert vetoed a bill on Friday that would have allowed people to carry an unloaded, concealed gun without a permit. Utah state representative John Mathis (R), the lead sponsor of the bill, said that the bill would simply allow citizens who openly carry unloaded weapons to …

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