Thursday, July 08, 2010

Louisiana Enacts "Gun-in-Church" Law

(Baton Rouge, Louisiana) Governor Bobby Jindal has signed House Bill 1272 into law. The measure allows guns to be carried in churches, synagogues and mosques.
The "gun-in-church" law allows authorized "persons who qualified to carry concealed weapons having passed the training and background checks to bring them to churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship as part of a security force."

Heads of the religious institutions, who adopt the "gun-in church" option, are required to announce via weekly bulletin, newsletter, or verbally that armed individuals will be on the property as part of the security force. Chosen members of the security force must receive eight hours of tactical training per year.
So, it's not guns by anyone anytime, it's guns carried by authorized security personnel. Frankly, with the various restrictions imposed I don't see why the law is so controversial.

Companion post at GunWatch.

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