Bill to allow guns in church dies in state Senate
Associated Press - 6/12/2010 4:25:00
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BATON ROUGE, LA - A bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried inside Louisiana churches shot down in the state Senate this week. The bill, which passed the House in a 74-18 vote, found no support in a Senate judiciary committee.
The measure by Republican state Rep. Henry Burns would have required the religious leader of a church, mosque or synagogue to sign off on any plan to allow weapons and notify their congregations.
Burns told the committee that changing times mean that churches are not the safe places they used to be and so should be able to take steps to protect worshippers.
Opponents had argued it was inappropriate to have concealed handguns in church, but there was little debate about the measure in the Senate committee Tuesday before it was killed on a 3-0 vote.