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The House has passed a resurrected proposal creating a new, more stringent type of concealed weapons license that would allow people to carry at public gatherings.

Senate Bill 2172 was amended to include provisions written in a bill that was earlier approved by the House but defeated in the Senate. It would create a "Class 1 exempt" license that would require training equivalent to what police officers receive.

Holders of the new licenses would be exempt from a state law banning possession of weapons at public gatherings, which includes schools, churches, public buildings and sporting events. But those facilities could still prohibit guns on the property, said Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan, chairman of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The House approved the bill Thursday, but it's scheduled to be debated in a conference committee with members from both chambers.

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