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Posted: March 21, 2014 2:15 p.m.

Bill expanding gun carry rights in Ga. passes

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ATLANTA (AP) — People with a license to carry a weapon could bring their guns into some houses of worship under legislation adopted by Georgia lawmakers.

The state House gave final passage Thursday to legislation that would eliminate a blanket restriction on carrying guns in church. It would allow congregations to decide whether they want to allow weapons into their sanctuaries.

State lawmakers also removed a restriction that banned people from carrying guns in bars.

The votes came during frantic voting on the final day of the General Assembly's legislative session. By law, any bill that does not pass by midnight automatically fails for the year.

The bill now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for approval or veto.

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