Jindal Approves Concealed Carry In Churches
Louisiana GOP Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a law allowing holders of concealed-weapons permits to carry guns into houses of worship.
The bill allows permit holders who take an additional eight hours of tactical training each year to bring a gun into “any church, synagogue, mosque or other similar place of worship.”
The bill, sponsored by GOP state Rep. Henry Burns, also requires that the head of the house of worship announce either verbally or in a weekly newsletter to the congregation that its members may be carrying weapons.
Burns’s original bill was killed by a Senate committee, but he was able to revive the proposal by tacking it onto another bill, which extended the length of concealed weapons permits from four years to five years at an annual cost of $25.
The bill will go into effect on August 15.
Jindal has not commented on the bill, which was signed along with 940 others the state legislature sent him during the most recent session.
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