BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Some education and religious groups are opposing a bill that would allow people with concealed carry permits to have guns in North Dakota schools and churches.

But some parents and church members tell the House Judiciary Committee that they support the idea.

North Dakota law forbids carrying concealed weapons in public places. But the proposal would allow someone with a concealed weapon permit to carry a gun inside a school or church if officials there allow it.

North Dakota School Boards Association spokeswoman Bev Nielson and North Dakota Catholic Conference director Christopher Dodson tell lawmakers that if the bill becomes law, churches and schools would be open to liability.

Bryan McKown, of Fargo, says the bill creates an efficient and cost-effective way to protect people at school and at church.