The Associated Press April 29, 2011, 9:06AM ET

New gun law excludes ND state hospital workers

Employees at North Dakota's state mental hospital in Jamestown won't be allowed to keep guns in their vehicles while they're at work.

Last month, lawmakers passed a bill that says workers can keep firearms locked in their vehicles on company property even if their employers don't like it.

The bill allowed employees at the Jamestown state hospital to bring firearms to work as long as the guns were kept in their vehicles.

But on Friday the Legislature decided the new law shouldn't extend to state hospital employees. The provision was part of the state Office of Management and Budget's spending bill. Lawmakers approved the change Thursday in the final hours of the 2011 Legislature.

The state hospital's grounds include a prison and the new law doesn't apply to prison property.

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