House OKs guns in church, abortion bills

LITTLE ROCK — The House on Monday gave final legislative approval to a bill that would authorize churches to decide whether to allow a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a handgun in the building.

The House also approved legislation that would ban an abortion after 20 weeks.

No one spoke against the guns-in church measure, Senate Bill 71, before it passed on an 85-8 vote.

The bill by Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, now goes to Gov. Mike Beebe. The governor has said he has no problem with the measure.

House Bill 1037 passed by a 75-20 vote. The bill contends that after 20 weeks, a fetus can feel pain. It would ban an abortion at that point except to save the mother from death or physical impairment.

The measure by Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, now goes to the Senate.


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