LA-Lawmakers Consider Lifting Ban on Concealed Firearms in Churches

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  1. LoadToadBoss

    LoadToadBoss IYAAYWOT

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    http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20103080305

    BATON ROUGE — State lawmakers will again deal with a wide array of issues when they come into session March 29 — some serious and some that could be considered frivolous.The session is considered "general in nature," but lawmakers cannot deal with tax issues, either increasing or decreasing, or granting exemptions.

    They can, however, deal with spending money.

    Senate President Joel Chaisson, D-Destrehan, whose efforts last year got Gov. Bobby Jindal to at least temporarily tap the state Budget Stabilization (Rainy Day) Fund, has legislation that would provide other conditions for tapping into the fund. Currently, it can be utilized only if state revenues drop and it has to be restored quickly. It can't be tapped if federal funding drops.

    Some bills that are sure to draw attention have nothing to do with money or the operations of state government.

    Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, filed House Bill 68 to let a church, temple, mosque or other religious institution authorize "any person issued a valid concealed handgun permit" to carry it into a place of worship.

    State law prohibits concealed weapons in houses of worship, prisons, courthouses, government buildings, airports and school campuses, including universities.

    Burns says he's not talking about allowing just anyone who has a permit to bring a gun into church.

    Instead, his bill would allow the heads of houses of worship to "establish security programs," he said. They could designate a few members to carry guns "just in case of terrorist or militant attacks. If they know a church might have such a security system, they'd be less likely to attack. I wish it hadn't come to this.

    "I wouldn't be offended if a church or a group decides not to have a security plan," said Burns. As a Catholic, "I seriously doubt bishops would do it."

    The bill also gives mosques, temples or churches the authority to hire armed security guards or off-duty police officers.

    Burns said he still opposes allowing concealed weapons on college campuses.
     
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    LoadToadBoss IYAAYWOT

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    Yeah!! At least allow churches to set their own policy regarding our freedom of association. If my church members want to associate with other worshipers who have lawfully concealed firearms, that should be our choice, not one made for us in Baton Rouge.
     

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    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    Exactly the State has no business regulating whether or not someone can have a gun in church or not. it's private property and should be left to the church itself.