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Legal news from Saturday, March 23, 2013

[JURIST] In his weekly address released Saturday, US President Barack Obama [official profile] urged [video] Congress to pass the gun control legislation currently awaiting their votes. Current bills include the Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act [S 374 materials], which would require background checks for all private gun sales; the School … [read more]

[JURIST] The North Dakota House of Representatives [official website] 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 [AP report]. The North Dakota Senate approved the measure in February. To become law, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kansas House of Representatives Committee on Federal and State Affairs [official website] on Friday voted to advance HB 2111 [text, PDF], 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] vetoed a bill [press release, PDF] on Friday that would have allowed people to carry an unloaded, concealed gun without a permit. Utah state representative John Mathis (R) [official website], the lead sponsor of the bill [HB 76, materials], said that the bill … [read more]

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