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House backs looser gun restrictions

ATLANTA — House lawmakers have voted to allow people to carry guns in more places, including churches and government offices.

Legislators voted 119-56 on Tuesday to support a bill that would eliminate a blanket prohibition on taking guns into houses of worship. Under the plan, congregations could decide whether or not to allow firearms.

The bill would also allow school districts to decide whether to arm employees.

If it passes, people with a state-issued license to carry a gun could take their weapons into government buildings that are not guarded by security. The bill now heads to the state Senate.

Bill bans abortions after 19 weeks

COLUMBIA — A bill banning abortion in South Carolina beyond the 19th week of pregnancy is heading to the full House Judiciary Committee.

A legislative panel
voted 2-1 Tuesday to advance the proposal, which provides an exception only when the mother’s life is in danger.

The bill’s sponsors say the measure is about protecting children from pain. The bill states a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks old.

But opponents say that’s not scientifically settled, and that other reviews conclude a fetus doesn’t feel pain before 24 weeks.

– Associated Press

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